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A Symbol, at Least

At DrugMonkey, PhysioProf says "co-first authorship is a sham, and only serves as a political compromise to placate non-first authors" and that peer reviewers and academic committees "give little additional weight to the designation.” In the comments, TreeFish says, "The study section members who infer meaning from that are either (1) ignorant of the significance and approach of the paper; (2) petty; or (3) both." What do you say?

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.