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The Drug Compound Rescue Effort

At Omics! Omics!, Keith Robison reports that Pfizer has filed a patent based on a Gene Logic drug repositioning effort. Drug repositioning is finding new uses for advanced drugs that ultimately were never approved, and Gene Logic is just one of a handful of companies hoping to make money off these compounds. The question remains, will it be the big pharmas or small biotechs that can actually get these through clinical trials? "One way to think of it is doing drug discovery, but with a compound which already has safety data on it," says Robison.

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.