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Time to Screen Your Sample Suppliers

This article from the New York Times details a story of the Karitiana Indians, an Amazon tribe in Brazil that agreed to let researchers collect blood samples from them in exchange for promises of medicine. They never saw the medicine, they say, and instead recently discovered that "their blood and DNA collected during that first visit are being sold by an American concern to scientists around the world for $85 a sample," according to the article. "They want the practice stopped, and are demanding compensation for what they describe as the violation of their personal integrity."

 

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.