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This Week in Science: Feb 16, 2007

Today in Science, there are several pieces worth reading.

In a news item, Science reports on a talk from John Marburger, science adviser to US President George W. Bush. Marburger's message is not one systems bio scientists will be eager to hear: as the article paraphrases it, "Biomedical scientists need to curb their appetite for federal funding."

This letter won't add to your scientific acumen, but it will give you a chuckle. Richard McDonald from Genovar Bioscience wants to know, "Who is et al.?"

In a paper from lead author Benjamin Ohlstein at Howard Hughes Medical Institute, scientists describe a stem cell from the Drosophila intestine that produce three types of offspring cells rather than the usual two.

And in this paper, a team from Harvard and the Joint Genome Institute report on the genome of the Calyptogena magnifica chemoautotrophic symbiont.


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.