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A Prize for a Sequencing Story

Journalists at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel — Mark Johnson, Kathleen Gallagher, Gary Porter, Lou Saldivar, and Alison Sherwood — have been awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for their story "of an epic effort to use genetic technology to save a 4-year-old boy imperiled by a mysterious disease, told with words, graphics, videos and other images," the prize committee says. The reporters told the story of a young boy named Nicholas Volker, how his genes were sequenced, and how the information was used to treat him, the Journal Sentinel says.

HT: Forbes' Matthew Herper

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.