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Open Access Someday

Open access to scientific papers will occur eventually, says Philip Campbell, editor-in-chief of Nature, The Guardian reports. "My personal belief is that that's what's going to happen in the long run," Campbell said at session on open access at the Science Media Centre. Campbell added that he has found that reading and researching open-access papers has been a "very compelling" experience. However, Campbell noted that if gold-level open access — in which authors pay a fee to have their work made freely available immediately — becomes common, it could cost more than $10,000 to publish an article in Nature or some other prestigious journals.

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.