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Paging All Funding Agencies: Infectious Disease Money, Please!

BBC covers a report from the World Health Organization, which says that new infectious diseases are "emerging at the 'historically unprecedented' rate of one per year," according to the story. (Check out the nifty world map graphic showing where diseases are emerging.) That sure sounds like a rallying call for the 'omics community, which has been instrumental in cases such as the SARS epidemic. WHO strongly advocates "sharing of medical data, skills and technology between rich and poor nations" to help combat the diseases.

Sharing medical data is also the subject of the latest post at Jason Bobe's Personal Genome blog. Bobe writes about patient advocacy group PatientsLikeMe, which encourages people to share their healthcare experiences and data in the interest of "speeding up the pace of research and fixing a broken healthcare system" through global collaborations, according to PLM's website.

 

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.