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Mutations at the Backbone of TV

Labor Day is this weekend in the US and that means that new fall TV will soon be on its way. iO9 has a handy color-coded calendar for the upcoming fall science fiction events, but, more importantly, a guide on how to make mutants. They say that following some of their 13 rules will "lead you to the creme de la creme of the differently-genomed." Of course, sudden genetic mutations and "aliens/future people meddling with the human genguide on how to make mutantsome" are third on the list of how to make a scifi mutant and number 11 says that "a cool mutation can be inherited from your parents. A really cool mutation can be spread virally."

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.