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A List of What Not to Do

DNA is a delicate molecule. Nick at Bitesize Bio lists five ways that it can be damaged -- and thus what to avoid when futzing around in the lab. Those five problems are: exposure to UV, mechanical shearing, phenol extraction, dessication, and heating. "Now you know," says Nick. "So go easy on your DNA samples!"

 

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.