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Yes, But Does it Have a Touch Screen and Camera?

Jonathan Rothberg, the founder of Ion Torrent, wants to do for DNA sequencing what Steve Jobs did for the personal computer — take it to the people, says the New York Times' Andrew Pollack. Last month, Life Technologies, which purchased Ion Torrent, started selling the Personal Genome Machine. While it's not intended for general use yet, Pollack says it could help spread DNA sequencing to the clinic. It doesn't have a touch-screen or camera, and probably doesn't come in hot pink, but Rothenberg wants it to be just as popular as the iPod at hospitals and medical offices. Ion Torrent is also offering prizes worth $1 million to anyone who can improve the machine, Pollack says.

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.