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Forward Thinking

The Albert Einstein College of Medicine's Harry Ostrer imagines that personalized prevention will be a standard part of healthcare by April 25, 2023. In a post at the Oxford University Press blog, Ostrer envisions the state of genomic medicine in primary care 11 years from now, saying that by 2015, patients' genomics information will have already been fully integrated into their electronic medical records. Still, he adds, "all of the ethical dilemmas of the recent past have not been solved by 2023. Debates are still raging about whether to report risk of schizophrenia and other mental illnesses and likely IQ." Eleven years from now, Ostrer predicts that "libertarians and genomicists [will] wrangle in the courts about whether states could sequence the genomes of children in their newborn screening programs."

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.