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Sequencing: The Ultimate Screening Tool

James Watson spoke of the potential for high-throughput sequencing at yesterday's launch of the Wellcome Collection, according to this article in The Guardian. He says that within 10 years, sequencing will be cheap and fast enough that doctors will be able to routinely use it to treat serious genetic diseases such as cancer and mental illness -- and consumers can use it to determine whether they should have children.

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.