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Remember When the Main Problem with DNA Databases Was that Nobody Knew About Them?

This week, scientists in the UK will kick off a recruitment campaign with the goal of getting 5 million Brits to volunteer DNA samples for UK Biobank, the national DNA database, according to this news story in the Guardian. They'll be specifically looking for people between the ages of 40 and 69.

That's not to be confused with last week's buzz about Biobank. That stemmed from a UK judge who called for all citizens of, and visitors to, the country to deposit their DNA in the database. (Seriously, people. Every visitor?) Fortunately, the Brits are seeing the humor of the situation -- and you can too, thanks to this satire piece from the Telegraph.

 

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.