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Artificial Sweetner, Artificial Genomes, What's the Big Deal?

Three Quarks Daily links out to another blog that says the making an artificial genome won't lead to changes, that the "philosophical implications of constructing an artificial genome are overblown." Instead, blogger Rob Carlson says that Craig Venter's work is, of course, interesting, but it will hardly lead to dramatic changes in how people view the natural world. "Venter and crew have managed to chemically synthesize a long polymer, a polymer biologically indistinguishable from naturally occurring DNA; so what?" he writes.

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.