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Viruses Are More Mysterious Than We Think

A post on Omics! Omics! talks about whether or not all viruses are bad. Author Keith Robison points out that in the case of diphtheria, for example, the bacterial host is actually helped by the toxic virus it incorporates into its own genome. Not only does he bring up an interesting question, but he also proves that Marilyn vos Savant (of Parade magazine fame) either isn't the smartest lady in the world or needs to brush up on her virology.

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.