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See, Coffee Breaks Are Good

Taking the time for a coffee break — and the ensuing conversations with colleagues — helped Thomas Steitz on his way to the Nobel prize in chemistry. According to the Associated Press, Steitz was surprised by all the breaks in the day at Cambridge University. "What a fabulous place! Coffee in the morning, lunch in the afternoon, tea in the afternoon, I wondered how does anyone get any science done," he says. "It's because they are talking to each other and they are learning what experiments they should do."

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.