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We Like to Call It DNA Day

Go to the home page of Wikipedia, the online, collaborative encyclopedia that anyone can edit, and you will see that today’s featured article is about, yep, DNA! Congratulations, DNA, you’ve officially arrived. Not only are you the center of the genomics era, but you’re also headlining in Web 2.0’s celebrated new genre, the wiki.

And if that wasn’t enough to make a scientist blush, yesterday was Darwin’s birthday; in post-celebratory fashion, the
Kansas state school board will vote today on whether to dump science standards that dispute his theory of evolution.

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.