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But Surely This Falls into that Division of Labor Thing?

The blog Blind.Scientist has posted an interview with Alexei Drummond, head scientist of Biomatters (developer of bioinformatics software Geneious), on the question of how much programming skills a biologist should have. At his blog, Neil Saunders brings up the point that learning to program will, in the end, save researchers time and effort. "Since we live in an age where the ability to acquire, process, and interpret large amounts of data is an important research skill," he posts, "I'd assume that any biologist with any common sense is thinking about improving their computer skills."

But you know, Neil, what they say about people who assume.

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.