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Family-Friendly Benefits For The Win

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that Yale University is the only college to have been named one of the top 100 family-friendly companies by Working Mother magazine this year. Working Mother lauds Yale's five on-site child care centers and child care benefits, the free health insurance it offers employees who work at least 20 hours per week and earn less than $83,000 annually, and its program for staffers "who buy a home in designated areas of New Haven," which affords them "up to $30,000 in grants from the university during their first 10 years of ownership," among other benefits.

AgBio firm Monsanto offers its employees "the option of applying for a year of job-guaranteed time off after their 12-week birth or adoption leave," after which they can enroll in the company's Return to Work program to "consult with a work-life coach to get help transitioning back," according to the magazine.

Pharmalot notes that pharmaceutical firms Abbott Labs, AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly, Genentech, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Novo Nordisk, Pfizer, and Sanofi-Aventis also made the Working Mother top 100 this year.

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.