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Bee Studies, Take Two. D'Oh!

It's not every day you see a scientist completely reverse his position, so we give kudos to Jonathan Eisen at the Tree of Life for not only changing his mind but also for letting everyone know about it. "After being reprimanded justifiably by one of the authors of the recent paper on bee colony collapse disorder (for a blog I posted and then removed) I have come to realize they used a very interesting approach to metagenomics that I have not seen used extensively before," he writes in this post. The interesting part of the study, he says, comes in their solution to doing metagenomics with RNA as the basis.

 

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.