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The Great Debate

Jason Bobe links to a video posted by Tech Review in which Helicos Biosciences' Stanley Lapidus explains why he is involved in George Church's Personal Genome Project and why he's not too worried about his genome becoming public. "I joined it not so much because I am intensely curious about my genome. I am about 60 years old and with maybe one-third or one-quarter left of my life to live. There, I hope, will be few genomic surprises at this late date," Lapidus says. Instead, he later adds that what he expects to get out of this is "an opportunity to participate in what I think is going to be the great public debate on health and privacy in the coming decades."

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.