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You May Have to Build Your Own Desk, But It's Worth It

At Discovering Biology in a Digital World, Sandra Porter blogs about the excitement, adventure, and stomach-churning nerves that go along with starting a new company. Her startup aims "to develop instructional materials that help students and researchers use biological data," she writes, noting that a principal concern is getting people to pay for these materials. "It is unsettling to put my work and creative efforts at the mercy of the markets," she says. "Especially when I have no data to tell me if my business plan will work and I do know that I'm trying to serve a market that always claims to be short of money and might not understand what I'm trying to do."

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.