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Review Process (The Known Evil) v. DIY Web Publishing (The Unknown)

On her Adventures in Ethics and Science blog, Janet Stemwedel posts on some trends indicating a decline in peer-reviewed papers (fair warning: this decline has been spotted in the economics realm, but it's still an interesting lesson for scientists). Stemwedel discusses some of the practical problems of peer review, as well as the problems associated with skirting the review process and posting research, for instance, on a personal website instead.

 

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.