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A Regular Ray of Sunshine

At The Scientist, PNNL's Steven Wiley discusses why biological data isn't readily available online -- despite all the calls for it to be shared. He says there are "enormous hurdles that currently make it impractical" and that for some data, such as western blots and ELISA, converting it all to a standard format may not be worth the effort, though sharing other data like DNA sequence or protein structure may be useful. However, Wiley says the main stumbling block to sharing data is "biologists' lack of motivation to do it" and, given the example of the Alliance for Cell Signaling, even if the data is available it may not be widely used.

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.