This week on LSCDS #ScienceNews and #Innovation scientists are working very hard to learn about the Omicron SARS-CoV-2 variant – from its transmissibility, to its ability to avoid the current COVID-19 vaccines.

A nurse puts on her personal protective equipment
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And, NIH collaborators are currently locked into a dispute over Moderna vaccine patents, as the question of who should be named as ‘inventors’ is brought into play.

A health worker holds up a bottle of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

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Finally, in non-COVID related news, astronomers have discovered GJ 367b, a tiny, iron-rich planet which orbits its star in about 8 hours – showcasing the ability of astronomers to find new extreme planets.

Artist concept of exoplanet GJ 367b orbiting its star, both glowing red where they are exposed to each other.

(Image Credit: Patricia Klein)