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Could You Do It?

Over at Griffin's Gadgets, Peter Griffin, founding manager of New Zealand's Science Media Centre, shares his colleagues' tip for scientists who seek to better communicate their work: try to describe your science in one or two sentences, then boil that down to seven words or less. Griffin points to some of his favorite responses, which include "I want to make a molecular dragon," "Are we what our mothers eat?" and "Stopping babies exploding."

Daily Scan asks: Could you summarize your science in seven words or less?

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.