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We Also Have Thermal Cyclers Next to Our Shoe Racks

After her father discovered he had two mutations that gave him hemochromatosis, Katherine Aull, a former employee of Codon Devices, decided to look into own genes in her kitchen lab, reports the Boston Globe. From her work, it looks like she also has two copies of the mutant allele, though she plans to confirm her work and also seek a professional test. Keith Robison, who is also in the article, discusses it and the comments the story garnered on his blog. "To a lot of people, science means formal labs and formal training and labs mean dangerous chemicals that might explode," he writes.

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.