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Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3

At Bioinformatics Zen, Michael Barton wonders why he should write good software -- after all, he's not developing it for commercial use. He says, though, that the commercial principles of unit testing, automated building, and source control should be applied to scientific software development. "Investing 10% extra time in developing versatile and maintainable code saves time later when large changes are required," he writes.

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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.