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Reaction Biology/4HF Biotec Cell-Based Bioinformatics Service

Drug-discovery CRO Reaction Biology and informatics company 4HF Biotec have introduced a cell-based bioinformatics service that combines Reaction's ProLiFiler cell assay service with 4HF Biotec's Biomarker Analysis and MA Finder informatics tools to help inform drug discovery. Biomarker Analysis searches for mutations, gene copy numbers, and gene expression data, while MoA Finder scans test results to pinpoint modes of action in experimental drug compounds. The service, aimed at the oncology market, will be run at Reaction Biology's lab in Freiburg, Germany.

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.