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This Week in Nature: Mar 22, 2007

In a news item, Nature reports on a new initiative under consideration by the US government to make all scientific data generated by federal agencies publicly accessible. A working group representing 22 government agencies will come up with a strategic plan sometime this year, according to the article.

This paper from lead author Michael Stone at Harvard reports on a single-molecule approach his team used to study the assembly process of telomerase, and the two-step RNA folding mechanism they observed.

Another paper, this one from lead authors Christoph Biskup and Jana Kusch at the Universität Jena, focuses on ligand binding in CNGA2 ion channels to determine the activation gating pattern in the channel.


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.