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This Week in Nature: Mar 8, 2007

It's a polar research issue of Nature, but there are still some 'omic papers scattered about.

A publication from lead author Christopher Greenman at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute presents data from a large-scale cancer sequencing effort that turned up more than 1,000 unknown mutations linked to tumor formation. There's also a news and views article paired with the paper and written by Daniel Haber and Jeff Settleman from Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center.

In another paper, lead author Chris Organ from Harvard and his team analyze genome size in dinosaurs. They demonstrate a new method for estimating genome size and use it to predict this measure in 31 species of dinosaurs.


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.