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Hey, Kettle. This Is the Pot Calling, and I've Got Something to Tell You

There's a gleeful tone in this article from Britain's Independent reporting that James Watson, who went into a forced retirement based on racist remarks he made about black people, has an unexpectedly large number of genes of African origin. The genome analysis, performed by Decode Genetics, "showed that 16 per cent of his genes were likely to have come from a black ancestor of African descent. By contrast, most people of European descent would have no more than 1 per cent," according to the article. Kari Stefansson is quoted as saying, "This level is what you would expect in someone who had a great-grandparent who was African."

 

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.