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We Can Recode Him. We Have the Software

Deepak Singh has a post today at business|bytes|genes|molecules that inspires some fun daydreaming: what could we do if the human body was a software program that we could debug? Singh writes, "It would be wonderful if we could add breakpoints to various points in the body and run a debugging program to find potential problems."

Great theory. But GTO wonders, what happens if the program gets stuck in a loop? This picture of a 12-headed jellyfish might be a cautionary tale.

 

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.