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Ring in the New Year and the Ouija Board, Too

It's that time again -- when half the people think about the year in retrospect and the other half of the people start thinking about what's going to happen next year. Gene Sherpa's Steve Murphy falls in the latter camp, and in his latest blog post he makes some predictions about what will happen in the genomics world in 2008. He expects the genetic nondiscrimination bill that's been sitting in US Congress to pass -- but only as a rider to another bill. Other predictions: "academia will start to market personalized medicine" and "Mark Cuban will buy the rights to all of 23andMe's genome database." Check out his full post for more.


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.