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Crotchety, Too

The Economist writes about researchers who traced back the age of genes involved in genetic diseases, finding that they are older than had been suspected. The researchers, from the Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, compared the genomes of disparate organisms to determine the ages of genes they had in common. In their paper in Molecular Biology and Evolution, they say that disease-causing genes are present in single-celled organisms and that mammal-specific genes contained few disease-causing genes.

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.