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It Sounded Like a Good Idea

The new, shorter forms from NIH may not be all they're cracked up to be, says The Scientist. With fewer pages to make their case for their work, better, more experienced writers may have an edge, not the young investigators the shorter forms are supposed to help. "[The new grant applications] are going to focus people's words, and I do think it will favor better writers," says the University of Pennsylvania Robert Kalb, who adds that "it frees the experienced investigator to not provide as much feasibility and preliminary data because they can just cite their previous publications."

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.