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Digging the Article

PLoS recently launched its article-level metrics program for all of its journals. At O'Really, Duncan Hull takes a look at the data from the top 10 papers. He says that "this is novel, interesting and potentially useful data, not currently made publicly available by other publishers."

DrdrA at Blue Lab Coats is also intrigued. "I love this feature because it reflects reality to the level of readership of a given article better and more immediately than the traditional pre-electronic media age measures such as citation rate or total citation number could," she writes.

Hull also warns that "analysing this data is not straightforward" and that "popularity and importance are not the same thing."

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.