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Send Away for Data

Scientists don't always have the "space, infrastructure, know-how, or time" to answer some of their scientific questions and then may turn to university core labs or even commercial service provides, notes The Scientist. In this article, they speak with researchers about why they outsource and what advice they have for others looking to do so. To find a service to do his de novo transcriptome sequencing work, Carl Bruder spoke with roughly 10 companies and core labs and he advises others to do their due diligence. "I didn't feel really happy about sending a sequencing job worth $20,000 to a lab that did not know how to normalize a cDNA library," he tells The Scientist, "so that was one of the criteria when we selected an outsourcing company." Wolfgang Schmidt emphasizes the importance of a personal connection. "You need a lot of face-to-face interaction with a person who can do this," he 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.