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May I Have My Barcode Now?

Hsien-Hsien Lei at the Genetics and Health blog weighs in on the latest news about the National DNA Database in Britain, which was recently found to have significantly more records than most people were aware of. Lei concludes that we'll all be in databases someday, so we might as well suck it up -- but we'd better figure out a way to control how knoweldge of our DNA sequence can be used.


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.