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Citizens for Science

The world of citizen science is growing rapidly, says the Associated Press' Mary Esch. Once restricted to tasks like counting birds for the Audubon Society, non-scientist volunteers are now being put to use by researchers for a variety of projects — some involve counting various types of organisms, while others involve recording data on the weather, water quality, and other phenomena, Esch says. Darlene Cavalier started a Web site called ScienceForCitizens when she was a grad student writing a thesis on citizen science. The site brings together researchers who need volunteers to help with their projects and people who are interested in helping with a little research. "For researchers, volunteers provide free labor and are able to complete a great deal of work in a short time if there are a lot of them," Esch says. While the research community has been a little wary of involving civilians in its work, better designed projects and new methods of "weeding out bad data" have made more scientists comfortable with the idea, Esch adds.

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.