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Goodbye, Dolly?

SciAm has an article and excerpts of an interview with Ian Wilmut, the first person to use somatic cell nuclear transfer to clone a mammal. Wilmut has almost entirely switched his research focus to creating iPS cells because, like many others, he sees that weeding through the ethical and technical issues around SCNT just isn't worth it. He's still working on figuring out the mechanism behind the creation of iPS cells, though, and thinks that SCNT still holds a place in research. But, "if iPS pans out, Wilmut predicts, nuclear transfer to produce cell lines may one day become a history lesson," says the article.

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.