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Two articles from the UK's Guardian highlight increasing tension between funding for basic research and a focus on science with short-term financial impact. According to this story, a group called Scientists for Global Responsibility published a report saying that British "government policy has 'driven a corporate agenda into the heart of universities,' undermining their openness and independence," the article says.

In this article, newly minted Nobel laureate Venkatraman Ramakrishnan said that plans to shift funding away from basic research are a "huge mistake." The story quotes him as saying, "There is a lot of focus now on trying to get very quick pay-offs in research. It is a huge mistake. Basic science has paid off far more than any directed research."

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.