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Now There's a Healthy Appetite

Keith Robison has a post on his Omics! Omics! blog about Roche's seemingly unquenchable thirst for acquisition targets. Robison recaps the recent acquisitions of 454 and NimbleGen, as well as the company's currently-in-play bid for Ventana, and ponders how these units could function together as well as what kind of technology might be next on Roche's shopping list.

 

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.