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In a Community This Small, That's Just Good Networking

Owen Thomas at Valleywag tries to drum up some doubt in this post about George Church and his connection to Google, the genomics X Prize, and the Personal Genome Project. The post notes that the money trail ties them all together: Google helped fund the PGP; 23andMe founder Anne Wojcicki donated money to the X Prize; Church is a participant in the X Prize -- and so on. "It all seems quite cozy," Thomas writes.

But anyone who's ever seen George Church give a talk knows that if he couldn't deal with any of the companies he advises or that help fund his PGP, the man would have to get out of biotech.

 

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.