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What is Bioinformatics Again?

An interesting post on ScienceBlogs’ Discovering Biology in a Digital World talks about where bioinformatics fits in in the biotech industry. The blogger, a bioinformatics scientist and entrepreneur, classifies biotech professionals into two broad groups:  scientists, who use bioinformatics software as a research tool, and computer programmers, who write code and create customized software programs. A handy diagram shows different career paths and what to expect once employed.

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.