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DNA Banking Bazaar

Over at Eye on DNA, blogger Hsien-Hsien Lei has a post on the latest trials and tribulations of the UK's national DNA database. At issue now: more than 550,000 database entries appear to be inaccurate. In addition to the expected problems -- spelling errors and incorrect addresses -- apparently many people have submitted fake names along with their DNA, while some 150,000 samples are from children, who are not supposed to be included. (Repeat after GTO: Well. Oiled. Machine.)

Meanwhile, at his Genetic Genealogist blog, Blaine Bettinger asks whether it's ethical to collect and store DNA samples from dead people. After all, he notes, it's one thing to bank DNA from people who consent to it -- but what about people who cannot give their consent?

 

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.