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No Time to Find Out Where They Keep the Toner

The US Department of Health and Human Services now has a leader with Kathleen Sebelius being confirmed and sworn in yesterday. The Senate voted 65 to 31 to confirm her nomination. "We wanted to swear her in right away because we've got a significant public health challenge that requires her immediate attention," President Obama said, according to the Wall Street Journal. Directly after, Sebelius headed to the Situation Room to be briefed on the swine flu situation.

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.