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Politicians and Science

The White House and the US Food and Drug Administration have disagreed on policy for a range of issues, "from the regulation of sunscreens and asthma inhalers to the enforcement of an agency decision on a drug to prevent premature births," The New York Times reports. The Times adds that the Obama administration is more engaged in what FDA is doing — the administration had increased the agency's budget — but that engagement has lead some to say that FDA may soon no longer be seen as an independent entity. "In a globalizing world, where trust is a huge part of what American manufacturers have to sell, the politicization of the FDA could hurt not only consumer protection but industry profits as well," says Daniel Carpenter, a Harvard University historian who studies FDA.

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.