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Is Innovation Dying...and Why?

In the Columbia Journalism Review's blog, Curtis Brainard critiques several recent articles that examine the current state of scientific and technological innovation in the US. A New York Times Magazine cover story and a recent profile of William Wulf, the former head of the National Academy of Engineering, point out that our “innovation ecology” is broken and that patent laws discourage innovation, especially when it comes to scientific and biomedical discovery. Another article in The Scientist looks at the ROI in academic research and development, questioning just how to determine what is good, or bad, payback to consumers.

 

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.