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What You Can Learn From a Daily Scan


Kudos to Eric Topol, director of Scripps Genomic Medicine, for getting it all said in less than 800 words. If you have been looking for a quick, clear summary of personal genomics that you can forward to your lay friends, it's hard to go wrong with Topol's op-ed What You Can Learn From a Gene Scan in The Wall Street Journal.

Among other things, he foresees the impact on everyday medicine: "When a consumer arrives in his or her doctor's office to get help in interpreting the genomic data, the doctor is likely to respond: 'What's a SNP?'"

To which we reply, "and why do you keep hitting my knee with that hammer?"

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.