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Your Very Own Mouse Colony

As techniques have been refined, interest in personalized mouse models of disease has risen, writes Andrew Pollack at The New York Times. While the use of such avatars has not been proven to affect patient outcomes and is expensive, Pollack says that some cancer patients are still trying that approach to learn more about how their cancers, implanted into mice, react to different drugs. One such patient, Nir Toib, tells Pollack that the combination of drugs recommended by his mouse avatar results helped treat his lung cancer while those suggested by genetic testing of his tumor did not. "I had 10 tumors on my right kidney," Toib says. "All of them disappeared."

The Scan

Call to Look Again

More than a dozen researchers penned a letter in Science saying a previous investigation into the origin of SARS-CoV-2 did not give theories equal consideration.

Not Always Trusted

In a new poll, slightly more than half of US adults have a great deal or quite a lot of trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Hill reports.

Identified Decades Later

A genetic genealogy approach has identified "Christy Crystal Creek," the New York Times reports.

Science Papers Report on Splicing Enhancer, Point of Care Test for Sexual Transmitted Disease

In Science this week: a novel RNA structural element that acts as a splicing enhancer, and more.