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The Search for Friends Far, Far Away

As many a discredited scientist can attest, it can be a real challenge to focus your experiments on the search for extraterrestrial life and still be taken seriously by the scientific community.

Fortunately for Gary Ruvkun, that seems to be a challenge he's overcome. His longtime efforts in this area have the support of people like Nobel winner Wally Gilbert, as this article from the Boston Globe points out. The story profiles Ruvkun's latest work to develop a sensor that would look for DNA on Mars.


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.