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Oh My! More Risk Alleles

In three new studies, researchers linked more genes to the risk of developing breast cancer. In Sunday's online early edition of Nature, researchers led by Douglas Easton report that their two-stage genome-wide association study of more than 200,000 SNPs uncovered five novel loci associated with breast cancer. Two other studies, published in Nature Genetics, also found gene variants associated with breast cancer, some of which overlap with those reported in Easton's study.

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.