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No Culture? No Problem!

Stephen Quake's lab at Stanford has designed a microfluidic device that can be used to isolate a single bacterial cell and sequence its genome, reports Technology Review. Using this new technique to sequence the whole genome of unculturable bacterial cells could provide insight into infectious disease research, according to experts interviewed.

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.