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The fledgling New York Genome Center is about to sign a lease for a space in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood, reports The Wall Street Journal. The center — a collaborative effort between a dozen partners including Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, The Jackson Laboratory, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center — was announced in the fall of 2011 and is being led by Nancy Kelley. It will focus on sequencing and bioinformatics, though it will also have a CLIA-certified lab. The Journal notes that the lease has not yet been signed and that the center "has had several previous deals fall apart." Once it does have a space, the center is to house about 130 sequencers and says it will lead to the creation of about 2,000 new jobs in the area, both directly and indirectly, the Journal adds.

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.