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It's a Fight to Watch

The Scientist tells the story of Stephen Heinemann, a neurologist at the Salk Institute, who lost all his funding from the Salk Institute Council Endowment that, along with two NIH grants and private money, funded his mouse lab. Heinemann laid off his staff and now is worried that he'll be next out the door. DrugMonkey adds that there are a lot of layers to the story -- age (Heinemann is 70), intellectual property, and more. "This situation has complexity, in-fighting and political maneuvering written all over it," he writes, also adding, "Ug-ly."

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.