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Too Close to Home

Surely this is not how Jay Blankenbeckler expected to spend his 15 minutes of celebrity. An article from Time about the wildfires in California focuses on how Blankenbeckler, identified as a biotech manager at Invitrogen, and his family managed to escape the rapidly advancing fires. If you've been having trouble relating to what Californians are going through this week, the article gives a clear description of the spreading danger, confusion, and panic.

 

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.