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Make Way for the Microbiome

In his blog, Jonathan Eisen of UC Davis reports from an NIH workshop where he and other participants are debating the virtues of a project to study the human microbiome. Eisen says that despite significant sampling, technological, and other challenges, "there is no doubt that a large scale Human Microbiome Program is needed and would be very beneficial." Check out the full post 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.