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Sometimes It's Good to Be the Teacher's Pet

Ever wonder what it takes to be the PI's favorite? Suzanne Kennedy at Bitesize Bio has a post about the traits of the "golden child" and how to "be on [the] 'awesome' list instead of the s-list," she writes. Among the recommendations: if you have a problem that can be easily researched, look up the answer on your own; take initiative; and show progress on an ongoing basis. "For a busy PI with way too many commitments and not enough time to read all of their emails, the best grad students and post docs are independent and inventive, in control and motivated to succeed," she adds.

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.