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Finished or Really, Really Finished?

Steven Salzberg is bit skeptical of an article in BMC Biology that says the red alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae is the first completely finished eukaryote genome. On his blog, Salzberg says he is aware that many "finished" genomes were published without their telomeres or with a few gaps, but four years after the C. elegans genome was published, the researchers announced it was really finished — so, he wonders, how could C. merolae be the first?

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.