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Ben's List

There is a "reverse snobbery" that keeps researchers out of politics, says Vernon Ehlers, a physicist and a former Republican representative from Michigan, in The New York Times. Ehlers, who recently retired, and another physicist who also served in the House, Bill Foster (D-Ill.), formed a bipartisan political action committee to counter that effect. Called Ben Franklin's List, the committee aims to encourage scientists and engineers to run for office. "Scientist, politician, patriot," Foster says of Franklin to the Times. "It's all on-message." There are other organizations, like the National Academy of Sciences and Scientists and Engineers for America, that encourage scientists to enter public life, the Times adds.

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.