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Remember When He Was Just a Maverick?

It was only a matter of time before people started bandying about the "God" term in connection with Craig Venter. (We were just surprised at who said it first.) In the latest issue of The Atlantic Monthly, writer Ross Douthat profiles Venter and his latest endeavors in synthetic biology in an article titled "The God of Small Things." This link to the article will let you see a decent-sized preview; a subscription is required to read the full piece.

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.