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CNVs Can Stop Feeling Left Out

Several studies in Nature Genetics have incorporated scanning for CNVs, and not just SNPs, into genome-wide association studies, says an article in Tech Review. In one, the Broad's David Altshuler found that among a sample of 270 people, most copy number variations are inherited, allowing them to look genome-wide using microarrays for CNVs associated with disease risk. "If we can interrogate both kinds of variation in the same patient in the same experiment, we can get an integrated understanding of how variations come together to influence disease," says Steven McCarroll, a geneticist at the Broad and lead author of the paper.

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.