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Seeking Donations for Bacteria

Ubiome, a firm that is developing a technology to sequence human bacterial DNA, has turned to crowdfunding to raise the money it needs to sequence the human microbiome, MedCity News reports.

The company is asking individuals to contribute to its project on IndieGoGo. Their goal is to raise $95,000, the article says.

"It's 23andMe for the human microbiome," says Jessica Richman, a member of Ubiome's management team.

That's because those who contribute will have the opportunity to get their bugs tested before Ubiome hits the mainstream market. They will receive a swab-kit for five sites which each have a specific balance of flora: nose, ear, mouth, gastrointestinal tract, and genitalia, the article says.

The team will then sequence and analyze the samples. In time, the data will be used to make predictions about health, according to MedCity News.

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.