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Bacteria: The Cure for Cancer?

Scripps and UCSD researchers teamed up with JGI to sequence the genome of Salinispora tropica, hoping to mine the 10% of its code that is involved in producing natural antibiotic and anti-cancer agents. The results were released this week in the early online edition of PNAS. One of S. tropica's products, “salinosporamide A,” is presently being tested in clinical trials for treating multiple myeloma and solid tumors.

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.