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Paris Hilton, Where Are You When We Need You?

Skipping right past the debate about whether sequencing celebrities' genomes will put an elitist spin on the field, this Forbes article says signing on some recognized names is the way to get genetics and genomics into the mainstream. The article rounds up news on the X Prize for genome sequencing, James Watson's genome, NHGRI's project to sequence 1,000 people, and George Church's Personal Genome Project in its exploration of the topic.

 

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.