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Retiring, But Not Reticent

As Richard Dawkins is stepping down from his post as a public understanding of science professor at Oxford, the UK's Guardian sat down with him to discuss how people view science. Dawkins says that the public's level of ignorance about science has remained the same over his tenure, but now there is more active opposition to science and he attributes that to a greater influence of religion. "Like most rationalists, Dawkins tends to invoke people's innate intelligence, and attribute their flawed ways of thinking to ignorance rather than stupidity," says the article.

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.