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We Don't Need No Stinkin' Evolution Class

Jonathan Eisen has a post on his Tree of Life blog exhorting medical professionals to learn more about evolutionary biology than is offered in most med school settings. He offers a list of his top 10 reasons (which evolved to 11 on the way to posting) medical folks need to understand evolution, including: Epidemiology of infectious disease; antibiotic resistance; the human microbiome; and more.

 

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.