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Elsevier, Epicentre

Elsevier said last week that it will launch a new journal, Marine Genomics, in March 2008. The journal will be published quarterly, and will focus on “advances in the very rapidly expanding field of genomic studies on marine organisms,” Elsevier said. William Martin, group director at Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf, Germany, will be the co-editor of the new journal.

Epicentre has launched its MasterAmp Extra-Long PCR Kit, which enables one-step amplification of DNA sequences from 20 kb to about 40 kb, the company said.

The kit contains the MasterAmp Extra-Long DNA Polymerase Mix along with nine MasterAmp Extra-Long PCR 2X PreMixes containing dNTPs, buffer, and MgCl2; and the MasterAmp PCR Enhancer.

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.