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Annals of … What?

USA Today's Dan Vergano takes a look at the historical eugenics movement in which "dozens of [US] states, from Virginia to California" embraced the decision to mandate more than 60,000 forced sterilizations by the 1960s. Vergano speaks with the current editor of Annals of Human Genetics, who says that the journal once went by a different name. Indeed, Vergano reports, mathematician Karl Pearson founded the journal in 1925 under the title Annals of Eugenics. University College London's Andrés Ruiz Linares, editor of the present-day Annals of Human Genetics, has recently opened the journal's archives to researchers, "and is running reports by historians on the journal's past embrace of scientific racism and targeting of the disabled," Vergano reports. Linares tells USA Today that the journal's past "shouldn't be forgotten. … Since the social implications of a lot of current human genetics research are enormous, it seems important that in judging what human genetics is doing now we maintain awareness of the history of this discipline."

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.