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That's Great, But Does It Grow Euros?

This Thursday, officials will gather in Namur, Belgium, to plant the EuroTree. Kicked off four years ago, the EuroTree project aims to "celebrate the writing of the European Constitution, the arrival of new countries into the EU, and to remind ourselves of the importance of the European project [in] the first place," writes Marc Vidal of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

In a ceremony that will be presided over by Minister Philippe Busquin and Fotis Kafatos, the EuroTree is to be planted in soil gathered from all 27 countries comprising the EU (John Sulston, for instance, brandished the shovel on behalf of the UK). Now there's a soil sample that would make a great community sequencing project.

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.