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Microsoft Steps Up to the Personalized Medicine Plate

Microsoft beat Google to the punch yesterday by launching HealthVault, a web site to freely track public health records. They’ve already partnered with several large hospitals, health organizations and health care companies, including Pfizer, writes the New York Times article. At VentureBeat, David Hamilton complains not only about the time it takes to sign up for an account, but how confusing and ultimately difficult the site is to use — not to mention the looming questions of privacy, security, and ultimate utility. He’s also not convinced that allowing patients to handle their own medical data is a good thing; this will have “serious implications, especially since patients could misconstrue something,” writes Deepak Singh at bbgm.

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.