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So Many Omes

James Gorman announces in The New York Times that "the age of 'omes' is here." The culprit for the spread of omes — from proteome to microbiome and, now, the omome — is genome, a word that he traces back to Hans Winkler in 1920 — but that didn't take off until the 1990s or so. "Various experts had differing ideas on where the suffix came from, but it seems to be one that was made up," Gorman says. "In any case, it clearly meant the totality of something." He adds that he likes the idea the omome — "the ome of all the omes" — which may be fun though not practical to study.

Some of the new words, however, have had the misfortune of receiving Jonathan Eisen's "Worst New Omics Award" — an honor he most recently bestowed upon the "sexome."

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.