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Small, But a Big Deal

Using nanopores might speed up the sequencing process, says The Economist in this article about the technology. "My own vision is a 15-minute genome," says the University of Oxford's Hagan Bayley. "While you are being diagnosed at the hospital your entire genome would be sequenced." But, as The Economist points out, there's a long way to go until the technology gets to that point, and researchers are investigating using different types of nanopores as well as different ways to slow the movement of the DNA through the nanopores down so the bases can be detected. "Nanopores are tiny, but if they can be harnessed, the consequences could be momentous," The Economist says.

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.