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The Family Curse, Identified At Last

A clinic that's part of the University of New Mexico Medical School along with patient advocates are helping to tackle OPMD, or oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy, a genetic disease that affects large numbers of people in Quebec as well as Hispanics in northern New Mexico, according to this article in the New York Times. The disease has proven very difficult to diagnose and treat, and only recently was a gene implicated in its onset so people can now be tested before they present symptoms.

 

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.