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When It Comes to Blogging, Comments Are Everything

Someone's not happy with the comments feature at PLoS One. At Sandwalk, blogger Larry Moran tells of his failed attempt to post a comment on the website. He's gotten several comments of his own to his post, one of them praising the comments feature as being the best thing about PLoS, despite the need for the web site to fix this bug. "The comments feature is probably the most important thing PLoS One offers, although the activation energy for participation is turning out to be surprisingly high," a reader posts.

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.