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Hip Hop Meets Mass Spec: P Diddy's Fur Flap

Mass spec analyses run on supposed "fake fur" in a garment from the Sean John line of hip hop mogul Sean "P Diddy" Combs showed it to be not so fake after all. In fact it was from the skin of the raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides). Diddy has apologized and Macy's has pulled the offending item. The Humane Society of the United States ran the tests. (Thanks to Kermit Murray for the tip.)

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.