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Still a Few Days

Lawmakers in the US have yet to come to an agreement on the 2011 budget. Republicans in the House of Representatives proposed another continuing resolution to keep the government funded, with $6 billion in cuts from the current US budget — including cuts to science funding, reports Nature's The Great Beyond blog. However, as an update to the blog notes, President Barack Obama rejected the short-term funding bill. The US government could face a shutdown when the current continuing resolution expires at the end of the week. ScienceInsider reports that the National Institutes of Health has a "secret plan" to cope with a possible shutdown. That plan includes a list of essential people to take care of animals and maintain experiments, but is fraught with secrecy as government agencies aren't supposed to appear to be planning for a shutdown, ScienceInsider adds.

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.