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Russ Altman writes that with all the competition in the genome sequencing space, particularly with Complete Genomics' recent announcement, researchers be able to get their "entire genome sequence basically for free." He says this will have an impact on medicine, particularly pharmacogenomics and predictive diagnostics. Altman also worries that the current methods of trying to protect consumers by relying on government regulations or requiring a physician will not work. "We must work to educate every day people about how to interpret their genome and how to use the information beneficially," Altman writes.

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.