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Modeling in Genomics

Over at Evolgen, blogger RPM discusses the use of model organisms and how there seems to be a hierarchy within the models -- humans being at the top. Why, then, he asks, are genomic studies done in non-humans? He responds by saying that studying other organisms isn’t just to understand human biology, but all of biology.

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.