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But If You Connected Information and Turned It into Knowledge, That Would Be Cheating

In an essay published in the Financial Times, James Boyle, writes about how science has resisted the advances brought by the World Wide Web to a host of other fields -- "commerce, social networking, pornography" -- and says that journal publication has a lot to do with this. A law professor at Duke and co-founder of Science Commons, Boyle writes:

The greatest irony, though, is this. The world wide web was designed in a scientific laboratory to facilitate access to scientific knowledge. ... With the virtues of an open Web all around us, we have proceeded to build an endless set of walled gardens, something that looks a lot like Compuserv or Minitel and very little like a World Wide Web for science.

 

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.