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Come Together

Between funding and technical considerations, there are plenty of reasons that some scientists choose to work together. At her blog, Candid Engineer in Academia dishes her top five reasons to collaborate. Working with others, she says, is "hands down, positively the best way to learn new skills." While collaborations encourage socialization, they also necessitate compromise: "Everyone is different, everyone plans differently, communicates differently, works differently," Candid Engineer says. "If you ever want to be a PI ... this is a great way to learn how to set and accomplish goals with others when you are not doing all of the research." While the best research ideas emerge and the most "innovative work is often done at the interfaces of sciences," at the very least researchers ought to collaborate because "misery loves company," she jokes.

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.