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Cape Town Computes

This week, Intel installed a supercomputer at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in Pretoria, South Africa. Reuters reports that the computer’s processing power — optimally a trillion floating point operations per second — will be harnessed for general informatics applications in AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis research. The $1 million machine was donated by Intel and will be made available to local researchers free of charge.
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.