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Amplification Goes High Speed

In the latest issue of Newsweek, this article profiles Thermal Gradient and its zippy DNA amplification technology. The company's CTO, Bob Juncosa, is quoted as saying, "It's like we're breaking the sound barrier." (Insert dated joke about Concorde here.)

The technology is based on a silicon-formulated, microfabricated device that will see its first use in detecting airborne biological threats, such as pathogens, by looking for particular warning-sign sequences.

 

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.