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That's One Famous Embryo

There was a lot of attention this weekend to the first baby born in Britain who was screened as an embryo for BRCA1. "The decision was a controversial one, raising arguments that this type of screening is one step on a slippery slope towards eugenics," reports Technology Review. "Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, as the procedure is called, has traditionally been limited to genetic disorders known to be fatal. But as the number of known disease-linked genes grows, so do the options for testing."

This article in the Guardian says that the newborn "is not a designer baby in the strict sense of the phrase." In the UK, the group in charge of regulating in vitro fertilization practices "held a public consultation before deciding to grant permission for PGD to be carried out to screen for the breast cancer genes," the story 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.