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Though the PhD Challenge recently crowned its 2010 winner, graduate students who are disappointed to have passed on the opportunity to plant tawdry terms in their peer-reviewed publications are in luck — the organizers have announced its 2011 contest:

The goal of this year's challenge is to get either the nickname "Dirty Old Man" or "Crazy Cat Lady" included in the byline for at least one author in the final version of a peer-reviewed academic paper. As an example, an eligible submission could contain the authors John "Dirty Old Man" Smith and/or Jane "Crazy Cat Lady" Smith.

Full contest details appear in the call for participation, here.

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.