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Taking Advantage of Genomic Medicine

The UK's National Health Service needs to form some kind of committee to evaluate the potential of diagnostic tests in order to take full advantage of advances in genomic medicine, says the Times Online's Mark Henderson. Two science think tanks at the University of Cambridge warn that "the potential of genetic testing to deliver better treatments at lower cost will be delayed unless there is a system to establish the benefits," Henderson says. Without such a system, hospitals and doctors could waste time and money on tests that have no clear benefit, and could end up ignoring older tests that would serve them better, he adds. "The Department of Health should establish an evaluation and decision-making body, as a matter of urgency, to direct research funding towards important strategic questions and ensure evidence-based implementation of both new diagnostic techniques and informatics systems within the NHS," the think tanks' report 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.