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But You'll Have to Make Your Own Mai Tai

ASHG already has quite a following on Twitter, where attendees have been tweeting about the quality of the parties as well as interesting bits of people's talks. "Shendure filtered common variants, applied mult filters, showed they could ID culprit in a known Mendelian disorder. Impressive," tweets nparmalee. In another tweet, dnatestindex writes, "C. Bustamante: the majority of genetic variants found in resequencing studies are only found in one individual."

And if you prefer to get information in more-than-140-character chunks, Luke Jostins at Genetic Inference blogs about the rare variant and 1,000 Genomes sessions from the first day of the conference. For the former, he writes, "A common theme that came up across in all the talks was that population demographic effects become more powerful for rare variants." And for the latter, he notes, "We have yet to show a unified set of uses of the 1000 Genomes data that gives a set of real significant biological findings. For the moment, the 1000 Genomes Project seems to be brimming with potential, but we can’t wait forever for this to crystallize into science."

Andrea Anderson from our sister site GenomeWeb Daily News is also at ASHG, and offers a news report on the 1,000 Genomes session as well.

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.