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Research vs. Teaching

Scientists are concerned that American universities are undermining education in the US by "aggressively" encouraging research and not paying an equal amount of attention to teaching, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education's Paul Basken. In a Nature article, University of Vermont biochemist Kenneth Mann says if this trend continues, there soon won't be enough researchers to do research because they won't be educated properly. And in a similar commentary in Science, a group of Harvard and UC Irvine researchers say research success is being counted before anything else when it comes to handing out promotions, and teaching suffers as a result. The researchers are also concerned about all this in light of what are sure to be some tight budgets for science across the country for the next few years, Basken says.

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.