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From Painting to Genomics

David Haussler started out in painting before a summer in his brother's lab studying vitamin D convinced him to follow his scientific interests, according to this profile in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (Haussler was elected to the Academy in 2006.) The article also describes how Haussler began to apply his mathematics degree to genomics and helped develop a program to assemble the draft human genome.

In the same issue, Haussler and his lab report on an algorithm that can determine the most parsimonious evolutionary history of related, modern genomes. "Even a single base change, such as A to C, can have enormous evolutionary consequences," says Haussler.

 

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.