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Ushering in the Latest 'Omics: Connectomics

Neuroscientists at MIT and Max Planck are developing new imaging techniques and computer algorithms to automate the process of creating neural maps, an emerging field dubbed connectomics, reports Technology Review. At the annual Society for Neurosciences meeting, they presented work that showed a 3D reconstruction of part of the rabbit retina. To make a complete trace of the human brain, including biochemical and physiological properties of various cells, they'll have to speed up the process significantly. "I'm confident in the end that we will be able to do it," neuroscientist Winfried Denk of the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research says. “But I don't know how long it will take us — if we're lucky, maybe a year or so."


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.