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Biohazard Warning

A new report about a planned government bio-lab shows there is a high chance that an animal disease could escape, reports the Washington Post's Rob Stein. The Department of Homeland Security plans to build the lab — called the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility — in Manhattan, Kansas, to study animal diseases, including foot-and-mouth disease, which is "highly contagious," Stein says. A DHS assessment found that there is nearly a 70 percent chance that a disease could escape the lab in the 50 years it is slated to operate, but a new report from the National Research Council has found that the risks could be "significantly higher," Stein says.

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.