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Science and Politics Under the Fume Hood

Already the poster child for how a major biomedical research facility can become a patronage playground for political hacks, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey is the gift that keeps on giving. The latest report from Newark's Star-Ledger newspaper details, among other fiscal tragedies, a $21 million bioterrorism lab approved in 2003 that remains unbuilt and a nine-story, $110 million cancer center that is mostly empty because no one thought to provide any operating funds.

With research funding stagnant and post-docs twisting in the wind it is all the more excruciating to witness this political farce. We have to laugh to keep from crying.

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.