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Cities Bet on Biotech

States are spending a lot of money to woo biotech companies to their cities, despite the long odds, says the New York Times. The North Carolina Research Campus, also called the Biopolis, cost $500 million; Florida, particularly Palm Beach County, has spent $510 million to entice research institutes to head there (and Scripps and Torrey Pines did); and New York City is putting $45 million into science infrastructure. However, the Times says that skeptics see two problems, the first being that most biotech are near the biologically- and executively-talented Boston, San Diego, and San Francisco and biotech is a small industry that employs relatively few people.

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.