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Sensitivity on Many Scales

Bitesize Bio offers a post considering the sensitivity of PCR compared to qPCR assays. Blogger John Mackay says he doesn't believe qPCR is necessarily more sensitive than its older tech sibling, and that work seeming to show higher sensitivity is really an "apples vs oranges" comparison. He offers some examples of his own work in the field, and asks readers to weigh in with their own experiences in sensitivity between the techniques.

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.