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Well, One in 416 ... No, Wait. That's Still Bad

Earlier this week, Jonathan Eisen posted on a topic that came as something of a surprise to GTO (and, it seems, to Eisen as well). Titled "Good week for biology in the Bush Administration," the post details the winners of the National Medals of Science, which included some names familiar to this community, such as Marvin Caruthers and Rita Colwell. Also, he notes that plant geneticist Nina Fedoroff is the new science advisor to Condi Rice.

 

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.