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But Going Crossed-Eyed is Fun

One of the major problems in bioinformatics is that people spend too much time formatting and then re-formatting their data to use different resources, blogs Deepak Singh. Unfortunately, he says, the interfaces of data repositories in the life sciences do not use application programming interfaces, or APIs. If they did, then better visualization and other services could be provided to the users, he says, making their experience more efficient and effective. More time, then, could be spent on data analysis and software development rather than all the data formatting.

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.