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Discoverer of DNA Language Dies

Seymour Benzer, a Caltech professor and geneticist whose pioneering research discovered that genes were structured like words, passed away last month at the age of 86, writes the New York Times. Later in his career, he worked on the link between genes and behavior, memory, and longevity. Of his later research, he said, "It's always very refreshing to be able to just make a clean break, start over again with something you're completely ignorant about."

 

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.