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If You Build It, They Will Worry

Here's an editorial from the Guardian urging caution about the national British DNA database, which it calls "a state intrusion into the genetic makeup of individuals that ... could be easily abused." The database, which currently collects DNA from criminals, is described as biased because it may as well be "a list of the usual suspects -- with the simple fact of inclusion implying possible guilt." The editorial says that if the database is going to hold some people's (but not everyone's) DNA, the rules for inclusion need to be completely fair.

Another piece in the Guardian argues for oversight since the database contains 40 percent of black men, but nine percent of white men -- those numbers don't correlate to arrest or conviction rates.


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.