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This Week in Science: Nov 23, 2007

In a book review, Sydney Brenner looks at James Watson's "Avoid Boring People," looking in particular at the lessons Watson professes to have learned along the way. (Unfortunately, GTO can think of a lesson or two that could have come a lot sooner to Jim.)

In a perspectives piece, Rama Ranganathan at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center looks at research into cell signaling, with a focus on how G protein-coupled receptors perform cross-membrane activity.

This paper from senior author Noel Clark at the University of Colorado, Boulder, looks at stacking mechanisms and liquid crystal condensation properties of DNA duplexes in the six- to 12-base-pair range.

 

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.