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Stirring Up the Junk DNA Realm

Over at Genomicron, T. Ryan Gregory posts about junk DNA and Andras Pellionisz, who has been getting attention lately for a Google Tech presentation he gave. Gregory says that while many people have written Pellionisz off as a "crank," his post is meant to let readers make up their own minds. The post links out to the Google talk, a recent paper, and Pellionisz's website.

 

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.