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What Do You Mean, Alternative?

Steven Salzberg blogs on the recent creation by the NIH of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Determining Ayurvedic medicine, just one area that the NCCAM will fund, to be a form of quackery, Salzberg discredits the NIH for doling out money to what he considers inferior projects when those funds could be going toward more traditional research. Read his opinion here.

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.