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Will Personalized Medicine Kill Health Insurance?

An article at VentureBeat considers the future of privatized health insurance through the eyes of a world where personal genomics has become the norm. With more information about their health, and potential illness, consumers will have the upper hand over health insurance companies, deciding which policies to buy instead of guessing, the author writes. Since "informed choices cost insurers money," the article says, "extrapolate this far enough forward and it basically leads to the death of both health and life insurance, neither of which can survive without some pooling of risk."

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.