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And the Price Goes Up

23andMe is splitting up its health and ancestry testing. "Some people want to know everything their genetics can tell them, while others are interested in only part of the story," says the company's Spittoon blog. Beginning later this week, the ancestry edition will cost $399, the health edition $425, and if you want both, the price tag will be $499. Currently, it is $399 for both. The new health edition will contain more carrier status results, the blog adds.

At Genetic Future, Daniel MacArthur says the split into different product lines is not surprising as Pathway Genomics has taken the same approach and Navigenics is health-only. However, the price difference was a surprise. "The increase in the price of the full scan, however, is a shock to those of us expecting a consistent decrease in the cost of personal genomics products, and suggests that the two rounds of lay-offs from the company this year were indeed driven by cash flow problems rather than mere restructuring," MacArthur says.

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.