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Here's an Idea: Stop Looking for Cancer and You Won't Find Any

In this opinion piece that ran in the Washington Post, physicians write that the goal in testing for cancer shouldn't be finding all cases, but rather finding those particular cases that need treatment. "The goal is not to find more cancer. The goal is to save lives. The two goals are not the same," write H. Gilbert Welch, Lisa Schwartz, and Steven Woloshin, who are all faculty members at Dartmouth Medical School.

The authors say that "over-diagnosis," or detection of cancer in people who wouldn't otherwise have symptoms from it, is at the root of the significant rise in cancer diagnoses. The best test for cancer, they argue, wouldn't find such cases and would instead find only the cases that require treatment.

 

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.