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The Numbers Are Even Worse When You Count C. Elegans

This news story from the Guardian says that "universities and medical schools have been criticized for increasing the number of animals used in research by more than 50 percent since 1996 while industry has reduced its procedures by 20 percent over the same period." One person quoted blames the "ivory tower mentality" while others argue that current computational methods simply have limits in terms of how well they can simulate biological systems.

 

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.