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Cells, Alive!

Cell biologist Janet Iwasa studied alongside Hollywood animators to bring film industry tools to the study of biology, reports The New York Times. "The ability to animate really gives biologists a chance to think about things in a whole new way," says Iwasa, a molecular animator at Harvard Medical School. Her colleague Tomas Kirchhausen says that animation helps him to determine whether what he thinks is going on makes sense.

"Scientists have always done pictures to explain their ideas, but now we're discovering the molecular world and able to express and show what it's like down there," adds Drew Berry, at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Australia.

However, some say animation can be taken too far and that "it can become hard to distinguish between what is data and what is fantasy," as Peter Walter at the University of California, San Francisco, points out.

The Scan

Another Resignation

According to the Wall Street Journal, a third advisory panel member has resigned following the US Food and Drug Administration's approval of an Alzheimer's disease drug.

Novavax Finds Its Vaccine Effective

Reuters reports Novavax's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19.

Can't Be Used

The US Food and Drug Administration says millions of vaccine doses made at an embattled manufacturing facility cannot be used, the New York Times reports.

PLOS Papers on Frozen Shoulder GWAS, Epstein-Barr Effects on Immune Cell Epigenetics, More

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of frozen shoulder, epigenetic patterns of Epstein-Barr-infected B lymphocyte cells, and more.