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Future of the Force

A new report from the National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee to the Director reviews feedback the group received following its request for information on the future of the biomedical workforce. Sally Rockey, deputy director of extramural research at NIH, sums up the report, noting at her blog that "questions of supply and demand and characteristics of the PhD received the most comments." The report, which is based on 219 comments, also offers recommendations. To address the concern of supply and demand, the report advises decreasing the number of supported students and postdocs while increasing funding. Then to deal with PhD characteristics, it recommends changing how NIH supports PhDs, providing funding for career development programs that include alternative career advice, and modifying grant review policies so that having trainees who go on to work outside academia are not termed "training failures."

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.