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He Didn't Want to Go, But in the Name of Good Science...

Craig Venter has been on the lecture circuit in Hawaii, where he spoke at the University of Hawaii-Manoa as well as the university's medical school. In an interview with the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, he bemoaned how slow the US government has been to use genomic data to make an impact in patient care. "My frustration in all these areas is that government is moving way too slowly or even in the wrong direction," Venter commented.

To read the full story, in which Venter opines on everything from government dawdling to renewable energy to the Sorcerer II expedition, click here.

 

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.