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Coming Soon: The Personalized Genome

George M. Weinstock, codirector of the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor College of Medicine, opins in an article posted to MIT's Tech Review about the possibility of this year becoming the year of the "personalized genome." With next-gen players 454 and Illumina planning to sequence the first individual genomes, Weinstock predicts that we may see a $1,000 genome sequence by 2013.

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.