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The Bugs that Make Us Human

The latest issue of MIT's Technology Review has a feature story on microbial metagenomics, with a focus on Jeff Gordon's work in mice and humans. The article serves as a nice overview of the concept of metagenomics, with quotes from some of the area's major players, for people who are unfamiliar with it.

 

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.