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They Can Play Together Nicely, Can't They?

At Eye on DNA, Hsien-Hsien Lei reminds us of the “working partnership” that eventually evolved between the HGP and Celera. Now, more and more government-funded organizations are sprouting up to manage complementary post-genomic projects: CDC’s National Office of Public Health Genomics, the Human Genome Epidemiology Network (HuGENet), and HHS’s Personalized Health Care Initiative. “It’s extremely encouraging to see that the government is aware of the needs and demands of the genome revolution,” she writes, but also wonders how new collaborative efforts between private and public sectors will actually play out. “After all, it’s only natural that everyone will want to protect their turf.”

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.