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Faculty of $1,000

Nature Genetics has unveiled its "Question of the Year," in which a panel of leading scientists respond to this puzzler: If the $1,000 genome were a reality today, what would you do with it? Current respondents include Francis Collins, Evan Eichler, and George Church, among others. The journal says a new panel of experts and their replies will be posted each month.

Genome Technology's invitation is probably still circling in the mail, so we'll save you the time of having to wait for our answer: if you could sequence a genome today for $1,000, we'd call every company in the sequencing field and find out when they expect to be able to sequence a genome for $1. Because that's what we do.

 

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.