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'The Pit of Hell'

Representative Paul Broun (R-Ga.), a medical doctor who is on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, told a church group that evolution, embryology, and the Big Bang theory are "lies straight from the pit of hell," reports the Associated Press. Broun's remarks to sportsman's banquet at Liberty Baptist Church in Georgia were videotaped and uploaded by the church to YouTube; the video has since been removed, the Los Angeles Times notes. Broun also said that the Earth is about 9,000 years old and that it was created in six days, the Athens Banner-Herald adds.

Broun's spokesperson, Meredith Griffanti, tells the AP that Broun was speaking off the record about his religious beliefs.

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.