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Another Contender in the Stem Cell State Race

Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick proposed an idea to keep his state at the forefront of medicine and biotechnology. This ten-year, $1 billion plan includes creating a stem cell bank and a center focused on developing drugs from RNAi technology, as well as bonds to pay for capital improvements and tax credits to biotech companies.

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.