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Rejoice, Rejoice! Another GPCR Structure Is Elucidated

Over at Omics! Omics!, Keith Robison blogs joyfully about "a flurry of papers" marking the end of a long GPCR structure drought. He writes that since the first GPCR structure was published in 2000, there's been no addition to crystallography of other such receptors -- until now. The papers out now describe the structure of the beta-2-adrenergic receptor. For more information, check out Robison's full post.

 

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.