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A Brainy Map

In Scientific American Mind, Allan Jones and Caroline Overly discuss the Allen Human Brain Atlas, which was launched in May. This "online interactive atlas of the human brain showing the activity of the more than 20,000 human genes" Jones and Overly say will allow researchers to "quickly determine where in the brain genes that encode specific proteins are active, including proteins that are likely to be affected by a new drug." They add that the atlas will expand over the coming years to include data from more brains, including gene expression data for certain brain regions, and will have improve search and visualization capabilities. "Perhaps someday these tools may give us a handle on more fundamental and long-standing curiosities such as: How do we think and feel? What is consciousness? And what makes us human?" they write.

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.