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Throwing a Little Sunshine on Conflicts of Interest

Vivian Cheng at Science Progress writes that there is widespread knowledge of financial conflicts among researchers with some instances that go so far as to affect patient safety or well-being. Recommendations to reduce these conflicts have been to standardize financial disclosure requirements and requiring disclosure for journal articles and studies. "The IOM [Institute of Medicine] advises that Congress create a national program that requires pharmaceutical, medicine device, and biotechnology companies and their foundations to publicly report payments to researchers, physicians, institutions, professional societies, patient advocacy groups, and continuing medical education providers," Cheng writes. Two US senators also introduced a bill, The Physician Payment Sunshine Act, that if passed would require companies to report payments greater than $500 made to physicians.

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.