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Cancer Minds Meet

The American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting is underway, which you can follow along from at home on Twitter here. Elizabeth Blackburn was inaugurated yesterday as the organization's president. "We are at the stage in cancer research where we can start thinking about prevention as well as cures. The focus on cancer cures and treatments continues, and now there's more hope than ever that rigorous research can be brought to bear on prevention," Blackburn says in a statement.

Blogger Abel Pharmboy at Terra Sigillata also notes that Janet Rowley received the group's Lifetime Achievement Award in Cancer Research. Rowley most notably studied the Philadelphia chromosome.

Nature's In the Field blog also gives a run-down of talks on cancer genomes, including ones from Arul Chinnaiyan and Bert Vogelstein. Nature's Brendan Maher writes that Vogelstein's presentation "seemed too good to be true, asserting that thanks to decades of research, cancer is essentially a known entity." Maher points out that NCI's Anna Barker later "urged participants to embrace the complexity of cancer."

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.