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The Fiasco that Keeps Unfolding

Even GTO is sick of this story. Wired reports that California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the stem cell agency, just had to disqualify 10 research groups that it had previously awarded grants. The groups were charged with conflict of interest problems because "officials at the research institutions applying for multimillion-dollar grants also hold positions at CIRM," the article says.

The groups hailed from the University of California's San Francisco, LA, and San Diego campuses, in addition to the University of Southern California and the Burnham Institute. According to the story, "In California, some newspapers are editorializing for an overhaul in the structure of CIRM, whose board of directors is riddled with built-in conflicts of interest."

 

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.