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A Setback for Science Funding

A measure to renew the America COMPETES Act — which "set Congress on a path to double the budgets of the National Science Foundation and other federal physical sciences agencies" — was returned to the House of Representatives science committee amid concerns that "that the bill would create too many new programs and authorize far too much federal spending," according to Inside Higher Ed. Science Insider reports that part of the reason a "bipartisan majority voted for a three-year freeze on the budgets for those agencies" is because of "the growing unease among lawmakers in supporting a bill calling for increases in federal spending when this year's federal deficit is expected to exceed $1 trillion." Representative Bart Gordon (D-TN) called the bill "too important to die," and said that he "would like to see it brought up again, but timing is unclear," according to Science.

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.