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History and Genetic Genealogy Together

After getting conflicting reports of his heritage from two commercial genetic genealogy companies, Henry Louis Gates, an African-American studies professor at Harvard, is starting his own company, reports the Wall Street Journal. Genetic analysis often gives multiple matches and Gates's African DNA service plans to have historians and anthropologists on hand to sort out which possible match is more likely from a historical point of view.

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.