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Still Hanging On to Relevancy

After President Obama announced that he would lift the stem cell restrictions put in place by President Bush, 10 members from The President's Council on Bioethics, appointed by President Bush with terms lasting until September, wrote on the Hasting Center's blog that Obama's characterization of his action "to lift the ban" was not accurate as "the policy announced by President Bush on August 9, 2001, did not ban federal funding of embryonic stem cell research." Obama gave the NIH 120 days to figure out guidelines for embryonic stem cell research and any new guidelines are thought to adhere to the Dickey-Wicker amendment, which outlaws the destruction of human embryos by federally-funded studies.

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.