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The Wiki Approach?

The UK has been discussing the merits of making the research it funds available to the public. The Nature News Blog notes that UK funding agencies have required scientists to make their papers freely available since 2006, though now they plan to enforce that policy. UK science minister David Willet gave a speech to the UK Publishers Association yesterday, the Nature News Blog reports, in which he discussed different open-access models (will the papers be free immediately or will there be a wait?), cost, and the consequences of other countries not following suit on open access to research. A working group report on some of these points is due in June.

In addition, Willet has enlisted Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales as an advisor to help determine how to make research accessible, adds ScienceInsider. Wales will be aiding in the Gateway to Research effort, a database linking British researchers to their funding source and research finding. Wales's exact role is unclear, Nature says, adding that science publisher Jan Velterop posted to a mailing-list discussion about Wales' appointment, saying: "Strict logic is not what we win the battle for open access with. Some celebrity involvement is to be welcomed."

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.