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Genomics on Bookstore Shelves

The New York Times this week reviews three new genomics-related books — Eric Topol's The Creative Destruction of Medicine, Robert Klitzman's Am I My Genes?, and Sebastian Seung's Connectome. Reviewing Klitzman's book, the Times says the author charts "genomic medicine as it exists today: a barely mapped terrain of immense overlapping uncertainties." It adds that, per discussion in Am I My Genes?, "the genomic revolution may not wind up changing the landscape of illness quite as much as its proponents may envision."

Of course, Topol views genomic medicine in a different light. In its discussion of his book, the Times says he "presents an array of … ideas, a few now actually being practiced in rudimentary form. These include pharmacogenomics … and cancer treatments that probe tumors for specific genetic targets." Quoting Topol, the Times says that should the fruits of genomic medicine come to bear, "the outcome will be nothing short of a new 'science of individuality,' one that defines individuals 'at a more granular and molecular level than ever imaginable.'"

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.