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A Summary of Scifoo

Now that Scifoo is over and done with for this year, Bertalan Meskó at ScienceRoll sums up the event and his coverage of it. In one post, he talks about a session he helped organize on how virtual worlds can be useful for science and medicine.

Though slightly unrelated, Meskó also posts on a visit to Navigenics headquarters (complete with photos) and lets readers know that 23andMe is sending representatives to the Second Life virtual world in a chat with Nature at 1:00 pm EST tomorrow.

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.