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Cinnamon's Genome

Researchers led by the National Cancer Institute's Stephen O’Brien used light genome sequencing to produce the genome of an Abyssinian cat, called Cinnamon, says a press release from Genome Research which will be publishing the paper later today. In this paper, the researchers identified 20,285 genes, or about 95 percent the cat's genome, reports the Associated Press. The AP also adds that Cinnamon is a research cat who lives at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

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.