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Gene Seems to Help Prevent Lung Cancer

In a study in PNAS, scientists have found a gene that protects against lung cancer, says this BBC article. Comparing normal and diseased tissue, they found that the tumor suppressor gene LIMD1, which is located on chromosome 3p21, was deleted in most cancer tissue samples. Without LIMD1, the study's authors say, cells are more vulnerable to carcinogens like those found in cigarette smoke.

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.