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The Coming of Open Science

Science Commons has an interview with Rufus Pollock, digital rights activist, economist at the University of Cambridge, and a founder of the Open Knowledge Foundation. He talks about how open access can help science flourish, and the next steps to make it happen. "I’d say that in terms of applying lessons from open source, the biggest thing to look at is data," Pollock says. Re-using and recombining code is the same as putting pieces of data together, he says, and the key to avoiding the "anti-commons problem" of everyone owning a different piece and not sharing really just boils down to openness.

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.