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Celebrating Science in the City

This year's World Science Festival in New York City kicked off with a gala at Lincoln Center honoring Harvard's E.O. Wilson. Tracy Day, a former ABC producer who, with her husband, Columbia's Brian Greene, came up with the idea for the festival tells the New York Times that their strategy is: "Bring them in for the art and have them leave with science." Upcoming events include: "What It Means to Be Human: The Enigma of Altruism" with Alan Alda, E.O. Wilson, Sarah Hrdy, and others; as well as "Notes & Neurons: In Search of the Common Chorus" with John Schaefer, Daniel Levitin, and Bobby McFerrin. There are kid-friendly (and kid-at-heart-friendly) events, too, such as the street fair that includes a mock CSI experience, a wildlife theatre, a secret agent lab, and more.

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.