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Biologists Behaving Badly

Cambridge University biologist Peter Lawrence says that modern biology is being corrupted by attempts to measure and evaluate research. In Current Biology, he writes that the importance placed on impact factors and H-indices has increased unethical behavior among researchers as they jockey to get their names on a paper to increase their standing in the community. "To improve the standard of behaviour, I think we need a code of ethics as well as some means to enforce it, especially with regard to publication," suggests Lawrence. You can read his editorial here, via David Colquhoun's Goodscience blog.

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.