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Searching for Innovation

Yahoo's new Build Your Own Search Service allows programmers to use Yahoo's index of the web, reports MIT's Technology Review. This service should remove "the biggest barrier to search innovation," according to the article. The head of Yahoo Research says that BOSS projects might come up with better ways to search videos or images, incorporated social networking, or actually understand Web page content rather than the keywords and links. Yahoo can place ads near the search results from any tool built with BOSS.

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.