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We'll Take Tsien by a Nose, Please

Feel like setting up a betting pool of your own? Check out this blog entry from Paul Bracher, a research assistant at Harvard who pens ChemBark, in which he handicaps some of the frontrunners for the Nobel Prize in chemistry this year. You'll see from the list (and from the ensuing comments) that there's no shortage of biologists in the race.

 

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.