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But I Didn't Want to Know THAT…

GenomeBoy, who has signed up for George Church's Personal Genome Project, is wondering about what that kind of self-knowledge will do. What good is it to know that you have an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease if there is nothing you can do about it — how can people tolerate that sort of information? "For those of us signing up to be public genomes, even though we’ve been given the option to redact whatever we want, have we somehow signaled an implicit willingness to let it all hang out, no matter how ominous the data?" he asks.

 

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.