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Minding the Gate

In an open letter to physicians, brought on by an email exchange with Steve Murphy, regarding direct-to-consumer genomics and personalized medicine, blogger William Gunn says that many laws regarding regulation of medical tests were written when people didn't want to see raw data and when tests weren't so accurate. Now, Gunn writes, "People neither want nor need a gatekeeper now. It's not about self-treatment, it's about empowerment." He urges the medical community to "in your advocacy of personalized medicine, abandon the paternalistic model."

In his own post, Murphy writes that he agrees with much of Gunn's letter, though, he hopes that empowered and motivated patients rely on their physicians rather than genetic testing companies.

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.