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From Raising Problems to Forcing Solutions, Genomics Does It All

The latest issue of the Economist has an article on the impact of genomics in the more practical side of medicine -- health insurance and genetic privacy. It's a good overview of the main challenges in these areas. As the story sums it up:

"Whatever the outcome of the privacy debate it seems clear that genomics will, in time, transform the insurance market every bit as much as it transforms the practice of medicine. The coming deluge of genetic information will force society to discuss openly the trade-offs, such as how to ration care, that have long been made in the shadows."

 

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.