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Imec elPrep5

Imec has introduced elPrep5, the latest iteration of its DNA analytics platform. The new release of elPrep adds variant calling and takes advantage of parallel computing to perform a complete analysis in a single pass. The Belgian nanoelectronics and digital technology company claimed that elPrep5 can process a whole-genome sequence eight to 16 times faster than the Broad Institute's benchmark Genome Analysis Toolkit (GATK).

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.