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Next Best Thing to the Fountain of Youth

Scripps' Eric Topol is leading an effort to collect blood samples from 1,000 people, aged 80 and older, who never had any serious illnesses and do not take any medication, says MIT's Tech Review. The team then plans to sequence 100 genes known to influence health and aging and then compare these samples to those from people who died of age-related diseases before turning 80. "These people have genetic susceptibility markers for many serious diseases," says Topol. "What is the explanation? What might account for their insulation from these diseases?"

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.