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We Think of It as the Synthetic Biology Sweatshop

Wired offers an article on the results of last week's International Genetically Engineered Machines competition at MIT. Known as iGEM, the competition pits teams of young students from around the world against each other in an attempt to perform the best synthetic biology work. After a summer's worth of work, this year's grand prize went to a team from Peking University, one of some 50 teams participating. iGEM was started by Tom Knight, Drew Endy, and Randy Rettberg.


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.