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Robert Millman, Gunter Blobel

Robert Millman, formerly the chief IP counsel for Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, has joined healthcare venture capital firm MPM Capital as an executive partner.
Before Alnylam, Millman served as patent counsel at Millennium Pharmaceuticals.

Nastech Pharmaceutical has appointed Gunter Blobel to the scientific advisory board of its RNAi drugs subsidiary MDRNA.
Blobel is an investigator at Rockefeller University and the 1999 recipient of the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine.

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.