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Calling all Science Gaffes

On the heels of presidential hopeful Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) referring to Galileo Galilei in his comments doubting climate change, Scientific American is putting a call out to round up "stupid science statements" made by public figures. "How often have you witnessed a public figure make a false or inaccurate scientific claim? Chances are, many uninformed listeners of such statements will pass on what they 'learned' to others in their social circles and peer groups causing a fib to go viral," Scientific American says.

Perry's statement raised the ire of radio shock-jock Howard Stern, says a separate Scientific American article. On his show, Stern said that he is a fan of science and the technology it produces, like Apple's products. "They got there by good old-fashioned science," Stern says. Robin Quivers, Stern's broadcast partner, adds that if Perry "wanted to turn his back on science, he'd have to go back to the Dark Ages."

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.