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Unveiling the Neanderthals

Svante Pääbo will be announcing his preliminary results from analyzing the Neanderthal genome at AAAS next week and says he hopes to publish a draft sequence later in the year, reports Nature News. Thomas Mailund is excited. "I can't wait to get my hands on the Neanderthal and run it through our CoalHMM analysis!" he writes.

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.