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At Last, Making Sense of Complex Traits

Yann Klimentidis comments on his blog about a recent paper in the Journal of Human Genetics, saying that researchers seem to be getting closer to being able to predict complex traits, such as hair color, from genes. The online early article from Anna Wojas-Pelc's group describes an association study that searched for polymorphisms in the SLC45A2 gene associated with hair color. "Understanding the genetic basis of these traits will provide some guiding principles for uncovering the genetic basis of more 'complex' complex traits, as well as about the evolutionary genetic process, population histories, and interactions with environmental factors," Klimentidis writes.

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.