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Big Man, Little Pants

Ion Torrent's latest Apple-style ad for its Personal Genome Machine touts PGM's sequencing chip, which allows the throughput to get bigger while the machine stays the same size — implying that Illumina's attempt to put its HiSeq technology into a small MiSeq is like trying to stuff a fat man into a pair of skinny jeans.

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.