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A federal appeals court has rejected restrictions imposed on federal financing of stem cell research by federal judge Royce Lamberth eight months ago, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education's Paul Basken. Last August, Lamberth ruled that President Obama's 2009 executive order, which allows federal funds to be used to study a large number of human embryonic stem cells lines, violates a ban on federal money being used to destroy embryos. But now, a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has ruled that stem cell research may continue while a final resolution to the matter is litigated, Basken says. The ruling upholds previous decisions by appeals courts allowing NIH to continue funding stem cell research despite Lamberth's injuction. Francis Collins said he was "delighted and relieved to learn of the decision," and a White House spokesman called the decision "a victory for our scientists and patients around the world," Basken reports.

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.