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About the Family

At the Examiner.com, Sharon Ufberg criticizes J. Craig Venter for his "very lackadaisical attitude about family history." In a San Francisco Chronicle article from June, when asked about learning about health from your genome versus your family history, Venter said, "Knowing what your parents have gives you hints of things, but your genome is a totally unique combination of and interchange of DNA from your parents." Ufberg says that family history is an "invaluable" tool for assessing disease risk and she points out that Venter takes statins as a result of a family history of heart disease.

The National Institutes of Health recently issued a draft consensus statement, called "Family History and Improving Health," in which a panel recognized the importance of family history in the practice of medicine and as a patient motivator, but also said it was unsure how to gather that information effectively for use in primary care practices.

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.