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And You Just Couldn't Delete Those "V1agra" E-mails Fast Enough

At the Microarray Blog today, Paul Albin has a post about how an anti-spam algorithm developed at IBM is now being put through the paces to see if it can help detect and block rapidly evolving mutations in HIV. In a partnership fostered by Bill Gates, AIDS researcher David Heckerman has teamed up with the anti-spam group at Microsoft Research in an effort to help "find drugs for HIV," according to Albin. The post links out to a video from Microsoft detailing the research.

While the work sounds really interesting, GTO just hopes that any drugs coming out of the work are more effective at combating HIV than the typical Microsoft product is at combating spam.


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.