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Hey, Potential Dad, Would You Mind Spitting in This Cup for Me?

Michael Arrington has a post at the TechCrunch blog about his own experience sending in his DNA to 23andMe. Before you let out a "been there, done that" yawn, GTO has this to say -- Arrington raises a great issue that we haven't seen in anyone else's posts so far. What if, he asks, he just sends in someone else's DNA under his own name? Sure, a service company like 23andMe could easily distinguish male DNA from female. But within the same sex, just how are they policing users to make sure that people are sending in their own DNA? Arrington's post has more than 50 comments that run the gamut from tinfoil-hat-wearers to people who just aren't concerned, so those are worth a skim too.

 

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.