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Fielding Questions on 23andMe and Lifestyle, GINA, Snickering, and More

Readers at the New York Times' Freakonomics blog have grilled 23andMe's Anne Wojcicki. There, she discusses the impact of genetic testing on people's lifestyle, GINA, epigenetics, and why genetic counselors "snicker" at 23andMe. For the last, Wojcicki says that the medical community in the past has been reluctant to shift to "individual empowerment" (she cites over-the-counter pregnancy tests and anonymous HIV tests) and that people can handle knowing their genetic information. "Individuals with access to their APOE allele (which is strongly correlated with age of onset of Alzheimer's) are quite capable of handling that information in a healthy way," she says.

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.