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Speak Up for Insuring Warfarin Testing

At A Forum for Improving Drug Safety, a recent blog post excerpts an email sent by Genelex CEO Howard Coleman to people interested in promoting warfarin testing. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has begun a study on whether the test should be covered by insurance and is accepting public comment until tomorrow. "I believe that adherence to unreasonably difficult standards of proof for pharmacogenetic tests has resulted in harm to many, many patients," Coleman writes, directing readers to an article in GTO's sister publication, Pharmacogenomics Reporter, for background.

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.