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Rationale Not to Use in Life: If It's Pretty, It Must Be Right

It's not exactly breaking news, but this post at the Evilutionary Biologist blog has an interesting take on what happened in the science of DNA structure immediately after Watson and Crick published their now-famous model. "The race was on to empirically demonstrate its correctness because, in fact, Watson and Crick's model had precious little going for it other than the fact that it was so damned pretty," writes John Denney. He chronicles the work of Matt Meselson and Frank Stahl, who used E. coli in their creative efforts to prove the model.

 

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.