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On Synthetic Biology, or the Week that Pain Beat Craig Venter to the U.S. Cover of Newsweek

If you're a Newsweek subscriber in Europe, Asia, or Latin America, your latest issue will feature Craig Venter on the cover next to the headline "Playing God." (Here in the States, apparently, playing God isn't enough to get you on the cover. Craig was edged out by an article on pain treatment.)

The story's about synthetic biology, and it's a nice summary of the accomplishments and goals of the field with quotes from the usual suspects, including George Church, Tom Knight, and Jay Keasling. The article was written by Lee Silver, a molecular biology professor at Princeton.


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.