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Learning From the Best

SciAm reports that Obama's arsenal of science advisors includes two Nobel laureates and several other science luminaries. According to a Wired blog post, Obama got help from Harold Varmus and Peter Agre to write his answers to Science Debate 2008, in which he "emphasized his support for gene and stem-cell research, genetic modification of plants and expanded NASA research, among other things," SciAm says. Varmus is now the president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, while Agre directs the Malaria Research Institute at Johns Hopkins.

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.