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Not Wasting Space

Boston University plans to open part of its new biomedical research building this fall, reports The Boston Globe. The building's construction was completed in 2008, but its opening ran into opposition due to plans for it to house biosafety levels-3 and 4 research. "It was delayed by the various court actions and various regulatory actions that have happened over the past several years; there's no question those postponed opening of any part of the lab," says Stephen Burgay, senior vice president for external affairs at the university. The labs opening in the research building will conduct biosafety level-2 research, including studies of the tuberculosis bacterium. Burgay notes that BU hopes to eventually open the other biosafety levels, and environmental risk assessments are underway. "The resolution of that is sometime down the road," he says, adding that "it makes sense to put this lower safety level space to use rather than to let it sit there empty."

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.