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Here's a Missive No One Wants to Write

According to the bloggers at Effect Measure, NIEHS director David Schwartz has "announced he is temporarily stepping aside" while NIH Director Elias Zerhouni "conducts an internal review of NIEHS and the National Toxicology Program ... both of which have come under fire from congressional, internal and outside critics," the post says. The move is to "ensure the independent nature of the review," according to Schwartz's e-mail, also posted on Effect Measure. Here's the official press release from NIH.

 

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.