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Here's a Thought: Safety and Caution in Biohazard Research

The Effect Measure blog offers a post arguing that all this increased spending on biodefense -- and the dangerous microbes that go along with it -- should come with a spending boost for oversight of this field, too. "The fact is there is no reliable surveillance for laboratory acquired infections and we have no real assurance workers have not become seriously ill or died, directly or indirectly as a result of their work on bioddefense projects, few of which have a public health mission," write the blog editors, who publish under the name Revere. "Piping money to scientists to work on dangerous bugs has a purpose if it is done in a measured way, with foresight and prudence."

 

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.