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But We Need Something to Keep the Lawyers Busy

New York Times contributor Denise Caruso offers this article as an examination of what it means for organizations to hold patents on genes. Caruso's premise -- that Americans are distrustful of government in virtually all biotech-related matters, including gene patents -- leads directly to the author's support for the intellectual property guidelines proposed by Stephen Hilgartner from Cornell.

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.