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Infectious Disease Has Never Seemed So Personal

From the Economist, here's an article about how genomic variation affects people's immunity to infectious disease. In particular, the article follows scientists who believe they have found an example of "a disease that was thought to be purely infectious but which has turned out to be purely monogenic—that is, under the control of a single gene." Single genes appear to have such control in a number of diseases, including leprosy and herpes simplex, according to the article.

 

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.