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Because Quantitative Just Keeps Trumping Qualitative

In his latest post, Ricardo Vidal at My Biotech Life blogs about BioNumbers, billed as a "database of useful biological numbers." (Of course, this database would not be necessary if everyone remembered that the answer is always 42.)

BioNumbers is the brainchild of Ron Milo, Paul Jorgensen and Mike Springer at Harvard's systems bio department. The database, which currently coughs up data in Google Spreadsheet format, is intended to help scientists searching for numbers "like the total cell volume of an E. coli cell or the diffusion rate of a certain protein," Vidal writes.


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.