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PacBio RS Takes Top Honors

The Scientist put Jonathon Rothberg, Amy Caudy, Neil Kelleher, and H. Steven Wiley (who serves on the magazine's editorial board) to the task of judging the 60 entries it received as part of its annual Top 10 Innovations competition, which highlights tools and techniques that "have the potential to simplify and streamline work in biology labs." The judges rated Pacific Biosciences' third-generation sequencer the most influential innovation of the year. Rothberg calls the PacBio RS a "true technical tour de force" based on "seductive technology." Rothberg et al. awarded second-place honors to Sigma Aldrich for its custom-made cell lines, which, according to Caudy, will bring "the power of zinc finger technology to the masses." EMD Millipore earned third place for its Scepter Handheld Automated Cell Counter, which the company claims "takes the tedium" out of cell counting. Diffinity Genomics' RapidTip and Cellular Dynamics International's iCell Cardiomyocytes — "heart cells on demand," The Scientist says — round out the top five. Check out the entire top 10 list, here.

The Scan

Tens of Millions Saved

The Associated Press writes that vaccines against COVID-19 saved an estimated 20 million lives in their first year.

Supersized Bacterium

NPR reports that researchers have found and characterized a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye.

Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.