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It's Not Cheap Being a Genealogy Junkie

The blog Creative Gene breaks down just how much it'll cost you to start compiling your genealogical history. Spurred by last night's 60 Minutes segment, "Reconstructing the Family Tree," the blogger says she'd be willing to shell out $1000, but that only includes about seven genetic tests and a few books on the subject. Unless you've got money to burn and/or friends in high places (or friends who happen to be geneticists and might lend their interpretive knowledge in exchange for dinner), tracing your genealogical roots "isn't exactly a poor man's hobby," she writes.


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.