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23andMe Overhead

If you're in the Silicon Valley area, take a look at the sky. TechCrunch's Michael Arrington says there is a 23andMe zeppelin flying around. He manages to get a video of it while driving his car -- the humor factor is well worth the viewing.

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In related 23andMe news, the company drafted a bill that was introduced to the California State Senate by state Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Van Nuys) to exempt it and similar companies from regulations faced by other labs. The drafted legislation amends a code to distinguish between lab services and "bioinformatics services," says the San Jose Mercury News. 23andMe, then, would not need a license to operate in California.

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.