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A Packing Lesson We Should All Learn

PLoS Biology published a paper this week on how a particular bacteriophage manages to "compact its double-stranded DNA genome into a protein capsid," according to the abstract. Lead author Thorsten Hugel from Munich's Technical University and team report that using video microscopy has enabled them to "answer a long-standing mechanistic question."

In related information, GrrlScientist includes a video on her latest blog post showing how a six-foot strand of DNA is packed into a cell.


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.