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Maybe the Price Will Come Down in 2009?

Newsweek quoted George Church saying that the $1,000 genome is more than a mere possibility for 2008, posts Hsein-Hsein Lei at her blog, Eye on DNA. “[In genetics], the $1,000 will get you 1 percent of your genome this year, but that 1 percent contains 90 percent of the information,” Church says. He also talks about reasons why having your DNA sequence makes sense: early disease diagnosis, preemptive mastectomy, avoiding adverse drug reactions. Does it sound like a sales pitch to you, 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.