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Alert! A Life-Altering Technology Revolution Is Just Around the Corner

This wire story rounds up some of the latest research (and some of the most hilarious quotes) in the synthetic biology field. "Wet artificial life," as the story calls it, will be major news in the next three to 10 years; the article quotes Mark Bedau, chief operating officer of ProtoLife, as saying, "It's going to be a big deal and everybody's going to know about it." The story also mentions work from Jack Szostak at Harvard and Steven Benner at the Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution.


The Scan

Rise of BA.5

The New York Times reports that the Omicron subvariant BA.5 has become the dominant version of SARS-CoV-2 in the US.

UK Health Secretary Resigns

Sajid Javid, the UK health secretary, resigned along with Chancellor Rishi Sunak, saying they cannot work with Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government, CNN reports.

Clones From Freeze-Dried Cells

A team in Japan has cloned mice from freeze-dried skin cells, according to the Guardian.

Genome Research Papers on Craniosynostosis, Macaque Retrotransposition, More

In Genome Research this week: structural variants in craniosynostosis, LINE-1 activity in rhesus macaque brain, and more.