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Ireland on Science

Ireland's new Minister for Enterprise, Jobs, and Innovation says that science will remain an integral part of the government's policy, though with a more commercial bend, reports Nature's The Great Beyond blog. "We will be looking afresh at science strategy in the context of a jobs program," said Richard Bruton, the new minister, at a press conference. Bruton added that research would still be an important aspect of the policy. "Rebuilding Ireland's international reputation for excellence in science and technology will be crucial to achieving growth and getting people back to work," he added, according to the Irish Times.

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.