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In Charge of Research

Geneviève Fioraso has been appointed the new minister of higher education and research of France in the wake of the recent elections there, reports the Nature News Blog. Fioraso is the deputy mayor of Grenoble and is the Socialist representative of Isère in the National Assembly. Nature notes that she "is no stranger to research and innovation issues, which has been her [specialty] both as a member of parliament, and as deputy mayor of Grenoble." Fioraso also authored the Parliamentary Office for the Evaluation of Scientific and Technological Choices' February report on synthetic biology, Nature 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.