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FAA Says: No Pigs Flying Yet

In an article from, reporters check into recent news that Novartis has begun to make freely accessible the data from some genetic research it's completed. The article quotes Novartis research chief Mark Fishman as saying, ""It will take the entire world to interpret these data. ... We figure we will benefit more by having a lot of companies look at these data than by holding it secret."

Does this mean pharma's going open source? We can always hope.


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.