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So Snoopy Couldn't Run (At Least He Could Fly)

In whippets, a type of racing dog, a single copy of a mutated gene for myostatin helps them be the fastest sprinters on the track, report researchers led by Elaine Ostrander from the National Human Genome Research Institute. But having two copies of this MSTN fast-twitch muscle gene doesn't make them doubly fast. Instead, those dogs are bulky with muscle and breeders usually put them down shortly after birth.

Good thing Snoopy was a beagle, and not that fast.

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.