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Biosafety Three, Biosafety Four ... How Much Difference Could There Be?

Here's a story from the UN Observer & International Report about the University of Wisconsin-Madison getting into hot water. According to the article, university researchers "made and manipulated copies of the entire Ebola virus genome without proper safety precautions." (They worked in a biosafety level 3 lab instead of a level 4.) That's a violation of NIH guidelines, even though researchers did get permission for the work from the University of Wisconsin Institutional Biosafety Committee, the story 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.