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This Little Piggy Has Blue Ears

Blue-ear disease, also known as porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, is spreading through the Chinese pig population, depleting stocks and causing concern that Chinese officials are down-playing the severity of the virus, says the New York Times. The number of pigs affected is not known but the disease is spreading toward China's largest pork production center, leading pig farmers to panic and sell their pigs, even if sick. The United Nations is asking Chinese officials to share its research and tissue samples as this disease is not usually deadly.

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.