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Nature News' Zoë Corbyn says that "as funding environments toughen, submitting more proposals is the best way to win grants." In a recent PLoS One analysis, the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee's Paul Roebber and David Schultz at the University of Manchester and the University of Helsinki assessed the conditions under which submitting as many proposals as possible would be an efficient strategy. Corbyn says they found that when funding success rates fall below 15 percent, it's probably best to flood the proposal market. She adds that Roebber and Schultz drew upon game theory to determine "whether to approach scarcity in funding by working collectively to submit fewer proposals or working individually to submit more." Roebber tells Nature that as success rates dip, "inefficiencies in the system take over," and added that "the only way to counteract them is by putting in more and more proposals."

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.