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Google Med? Sneak Peeks as Google, MS Prep for Health Records Initiatives

Both Google and Microsoft have designs on overhauling healthcare records and putting patients in control of their own information, according to this article in the New York Times. After looking through screenshots of Google Health, VentureBeat's David Hamilton calls the prototype of the online personal health record site "a solid but unremarkable effort, one that probably wouldn't even merit much attention were it not from Google." But, he points out, that might just make all the difference.

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.