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Personalized Medicine, Defined (Again, But Better)

At his blog Gene Sherpas, Steve Murphy defines — and defends — his personalized medicine practice based on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Helix Health. "My philosophy is the power of genomics should empower patients and providers,” he writes. “Together as a team we can prevent some horrible diseases and avoid some horrible adverse drug reactions.” Mostly, his comments reveal how disjointed medical education and genetics practice are, and what a personalized approach can do the change this in the post-genomic age.

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.