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Sometimes the Cool Things Aren't Open Access

Jonathan Eisen blogs about a new photosynthetic bacterium found using metagenomic data. This report was published last week, to the dismay of Eisen's open-access soul, in Science. The researchers collected DNA from a hot spring in Yellowstone and discovered they had a new bacteriochlorophyll – synthesizing, phototrophic bacterium, now called Candidatus Chloracidobacterium thermophilum.

Catchy.

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.