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Paging Fred: We Need a Quick Reminder

Keith Robison blogs about Genome Corp, the Rhode Island-based genome sequencing startup that recently got $250,000 in seed funding, and founder Kevin Ulmer. In his musings on sequencing, Robison gets to wondering: what does "Sanger sequencing" really mean? "I generally think of it as electrophoretic resolution of dideoxy-terminated fragments, but if you think a bit it's obvious that Sanger's unique contribution was the terminators; Maxam-Gilbert used the same electrophoretic separation," he writes, noting that this could affect which of the next-gen sequencing techs we think of as Sanger-based.


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.