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Evidently Borat is More Popular than Either Watson or Venter

Jonathan Eisen points out a new fun tool at EMBL's site. With this phylogenetics visualizing tool, people can zoom in and out to see different branches of the tree of life from anywhere with an Internet connection -- bringing Eisen to remark that Peer Bork seems to be "trying to become the Google of phylogenetics." Down in the comment section, Carl Zimmer says to check out the representative person on the human branch of the tree -- and it's not Venter nor Watson, but the highly esteemed Borat.

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.