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Don't Discount Old-Fashioned Competition

From the Wall Street Journal today, David Wessel reports on how "prize philanthropy" is pushing innovation in a number of fields, including science. Competitions such as the X Prize have helped stimulate advances in everything from complex algorithm development to rocket science (literally) -- and now, possibly, to genomics.

Note to the prize-offering folks: next time you propose to give out $1 million or more to people doing good science, let's not forget about the people who write about good science, OK?

 

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.