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Don't Forget to Pack a Hazmat Suit in Your Hurricane Emergency Kit

This New York Times article covers the BL4 lab at the University of Texas branch in Galveston, an island that was pounded last month by Hurricane Ike. "How a laboratory where scientists plan to study viruses like Ebola and Marburg ended up on a barrier island where hurricanes regularly wreak havoc puzzles some environmentalists and community leaders," the story says. The lab is set to open November 11, and leaders say they have planned for every storm-related contingency; the building can withstand 140-mile-per-hour winds. The lab's deputy director says that when a hurricane approaches, scientists will be instructed to "stop their experiments and exterminate many of the viruses and bacteria they are studying."


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.