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A Free-for-All Plan

Boston University's council voted last week to make the scholarly work of faculty and staff freely available online, reports BU Today. The resolution calls for the creation of an archive to house research and scholarship produced by the faculty that may be accessed for free, as long as the authors are properly credited and the work is not used for profit. "Open access is an irresistible tide," BU professor and Environmental Health editor-in-chief David Ozonoff says.

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.