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We Will Find You (and Try Really Hard to Save You)

This story from the Guardian reports on new guidelines from the UK's National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommending "a major DNA testing programme in an attempt to save the lives of those with inherited high cholesterol." According to the guidelines, doctors would recommend genetic testing for relatives of patients who carry a mutation linked to familial hypercholesterolemia. A member of the group issuing the guidance, Steve Humphries, is quoted as saying, "This is the first time genetic testing has been recommended for a common disease."

 

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.