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Genomics and Government

At the Personalized Medicine Coalition's The Age of Personalized Medicine blog, Sheila Walcoff, who once served as health and science policy counselor to former Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt, considers the impact that the dissolution of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society could have on the "promise of personalized medicine." Current HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and her constituents, Walcoff says, are "losing a medium in which Administration policy could be addressed with substantial public and private sector input," though she's confident a new group of advisors will take the place of SACGHS because "with issues as broad and technical as genomics, and a government as big as ours, current and future government leaders will benefit from a critical base of advisors."

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.