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DNA Fingerprinting at Work

According to the Washington Post, FBI investigators used DNA fingerprinting to analyze the 2001 anthrax samples and to trace them back to their original lab. The investigators identified unique sections of the anthrax genome and worked their way back to Fort Detrick. The Washington Post points out that it is unclear how the federal investigators went from examining anthrax DNA to Bruce Ivins, the researcher who committed suicide last week, as a number of other scientists in the lab also had access to the samples.

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.