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He's a Warning All Right

The Seven Stones blog points out that James Watson's racist remarks comes at a time of exploding interest into natural human genetic variation through genomic studies. In Nature in the past few weeks there have been at lest seven papers concentrating on human variation. "The extraordinary development of the field of human genomics will inevitably lead to important questions on the social and ethical implications of this research. If anything, "Watson's folly" might be a warning that we may expect to see in the future more confrontations between racist ideologies and scientific discoveries," writes Thomas.

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.