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Thanks for Heaping on the Hype

A post from Jonathan Eisen on his Tree of Life blog takes to task people who oversell genomics (thereby muddying the waters of a truly great field). First on his list for the "overselling genomics award" is a guy who wrote a commentary in which he suggests that questioning or challenging the benefit of genomics is unethical. Eisen responds, "Sounds a bit like those who say 'Any discussion of the war makes you unpatriotic.' And thus Mr. Truelson gets my first award, not just for overselling genomics, but for being so icky about it."

Well put, Jonathan, well put. GTO offers you its first "Welcome Aboard the Good Ship Snarky" award. It's nice to have some company here.

 

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.