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The Best of the Noughties

The Irish Times gets a kick-start on the end-of-year and end-of-decade list-making. Science editor Dick Ahlstrom complied what he considers the most important discoveries of the "noughties." Among the Large Hadron Collider and water on Mars, Ahlstrom includes the Foxp2 gene, cloning, iPS cells, and micoRNAs. "[MicroRNAs] hey were first discovered in 1993, but weren't named microRNAs until 2001," he writes."They help maintain the fine biochemical balance needed to keep our cells working properly, so when they fail to do their job disease can result. For this reason they represent useful targets for pharmaceuticals to counter disease." Ahlstrom is also enthusiastic about the proposed genome zoo. "A huge international collaboration will deliver the genomes of 10,000 vertebrate species, with a central goal being to develop technology to reduce costs," he 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.