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What Lives in Your Refrigerator?

Microbes, microbes, everywhere — and the researchers of the Wild Life of Your Home project want to sequence them all. Ecologists at North Carolina State University are asking for the public's help in collecting the various creatures that live in people's homes in order to sequence and identify them, reports Wired's Danielle Venton. "It's Lewis and Clark without all the danger, project leader Rob Dunn tells Venton. "It is easy to assume that people living in different environments will have different microbes growing around them, but we haven't had the geographic data yet." The researchers are looking for 10 homes from each state, five in urban areas and five in rural areas. They hope to both uncover new species of microbes and learn more about which microbes grow where, Venton adds.

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.