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Double-Digit Boost

In tallying its 2010 job-posting statistics, Mountain View, Calif.-based careers search engine reports a 44.1 percent year-over-year boost in job listings for scientists, social scientists, and lab techs. SimplyHired also reports 64.8 percent growth in overall healthcare job postings in 2010. The career staff at the Alternative Science Careers blog says that while these numbers are somewhat "encouraging," they are also "on the lower side of all category increases." To that end, Alternative Science Careers says that though "there are jobs out there for scientists to stay in the science field ... it may be the time to look for alternative careers utilizing your science degree," perhaps in the financial arena, as that sector showed an 81 percent increase in SimplyHired job postings since 2009.

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.