Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

More Genomes, More Data … More Understanding?

Randall Parker at Future Pundit points to a Nature News piece predicting that 2,700 human genomes will have been completed, world-wide, by the end of October, and more than 30,000 will have been sequenced by the end of 2011 as an example of how "the floodgates on genetic data are opening." Consequently, he says, "the rate of discovery of what genetic mutations mean is rapidly accelerating." Parker suggests that so long as individuals continue to share their personal genomic information, they'll "help speed the search for the functional significance of all the genetic variants in humans." In this way, he predicts, the utility of testing "is going to rise sharply."

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.