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And It Used to Be So Prestigious to Be an MIT Student

This AP article reports on MIT's OpenCourseWare program, which "makes virtually all the school's courses available online for free -- lecture notes, readings, tests and often video lectures," according to the story. The trend has caught on: "More than 100 universities worldwide, including Johns Hopkins, Tufts and Notre Dame, have joined MIT in a consortium of schools promoting their own open courseware." Meanwhile, some schools have taken to offering course material and videos through a special section of Apple's iTunes, and the University of California, Berkeley, will soon be posting course lectures on YouTube.

Here at GTO, we're looking forward to stealing a moment or two to check out some cool classes from these universities. But we have to wonder what kind of world it's become when we play hooky so that we can attend school.


The Scan

CDC Calls Delta "Variant of Concern"

CNN reports the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now considers the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 to be a "variant of concern."

From FDA to Venture Capital

Former FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn is taking a position at a venture capital firm, leading some ethicists to raise eyebrows, according to the Washington Post.

Consent Questions

Nature News writes that there are questions whether informed consent was obtained for some submissions to a database of Y-chromosome profiles.

Cell Studies on Multimodal Single-Cell Analysis, Coronaviruses in Bats, Urban Microbiomes

In Cell this week: approach to analyze multimodal single-cell genomic data, analysis of bat coronaviruses, and more.