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Slightly Different Than Santa's List

Eli Lilly and Merck announced that they will start reporting payments they make to outside physicians beginning in 2009. Eli Lilly will list either the doctors' names or other identifying material and a reason why a payment was made, such as for speaking or consulting, in an online database. Merck will be disclosing speaking fees paid to doctors. Blogger Michael White at Adaptive Complexity comments, "It's possible that this move by Lilly and Merck won't go far enough in reporting all of the money they pay physicians, or making clear who gets payments, but it seems like a step in the right direction." Also next year, the US Congress is slated to take up the Physician Payments Sunshine Act that would require a registry of payments made to physicians by drug manufacturers.

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.