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Confusion Still Reigns

At the Microarray Blog, Albin Paul notes that Britain's insurance industry trade association extended its moratorium on predictive genetic testing until 2014, thus allowing consumers to take out policies up to £500,000 for life insurance or £300,000 for critical illness insurance without disclosing genetic predispositions. Paul wonders, though, "Does that mean they will discriminate [against] us later?"

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.