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There's a Lot of Uncharted Territory Between Good Science and Racism

Over at Gene Expression, blogger p-ter wonders whether growing concerns about avoiding any kind of research that could be considered prejudicial will ultimately hinder scientists' understanding of how groups from various ethnic and geographic backgrounds really do differ on the genomic level. P-ter cites a scientist on a review panel who panned a grant application because it was looking at whether response to HIV treatment was different among groups that were predominantly black or white. "Biomedical researchers are caught between a rock and a hard place here--none of them enjoy being referred to as scientific racists by their colleagues, I'm sure, but they're also interested in real phenomena," according to the post.

 

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.