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Virtual Machine for Virtual Bioinformatics

Making bioinformatics software that is portable is a real issue for people who develop their own algorithms, says Pawel Szczêsny, but it can be done. One solution, he says, is to just try out the source on a bunch of different platforms, but that's time-consuming and a pain. Another way is to create a web interface for the software, but that adds maintenance fees and access issues. Szczêsny's third solution addresses some of the problems raised by the others — make a virtual machine for the software. "While it may seem a bit of overkill at first, I don’t think it is in the long run," he blogs.

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.