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Galaxy, an open-source, open-access online bioinformatics platform developed by researchers at Penn State University, has been updated. The new release includes improvements to the Galaxy Tool Shed for sharing tool definitions; new or updated tool definitions for Trinity, BWA, FASTQ Groomer, Cufflinks, Cuffdiff, and Cuffcompare; data visualization enhancements; and improvements to managing workflows, histories, and datasets.


The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute has released version 55 of COSMIC, the Catalogue of Somatic Mutations in Cancer. The new version includes new curations of the tumor suppressor gene PRDM1, fusions of CRTC1/CRTC3-MAML2, and three new systematic screen publications. Additionally, a new release of the Cancer Gene Census raises the number of known cancer genes to 464. Recently added genes include SF3B1, ARID2, CCNE1, CDK12, FUBP1, XPO1, and MED12.

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.