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A federal appeals court ruled against Amgen in the in re Kubin case. In 2000, the US Patent and Trademarks office rejected a patent application submitted by Immunex for the gene encoding the NAIL protein, which plays a role in immune response, because isolating the gene took "routine skill." Amgen, which bought Immunex in the interim, appealed the decision. "The court's ruling is one of many signs that claims based on gene sequences are getting much tougher scrutiny now than in the past," Science Insider's Eliot Marshall says. The full decision is here.

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.