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So Much for Anonymity

A PLoS Genetics paper from scientists at TGen is sparking interest. The paper demonstrates the ability to identify individuals from pooled genomic DNA, even when that person has contributed less than 0.1% of the total DNA. At the Gene Expression blog, p-ter writes that this finding overturns the previously held wisdom "that individual-level information is lost when pooled together." That ought to give ethics committees something to talk about.

 

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.