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Curing Cancer, or Draining Resources?

In a piece she writes for Newsweek, Sharon Begley says NIH's Cancer Genome Atlas "may be fatally flawed." And the price tag for TCGA means that "the atlas threatens to suck up ever-dwindling resources." The article explores the concept of the project and quotes scientists who argue that the its potential gain doesn't come close to justifying its expense.

Hey, that's a cheery thought for cancer researchers. Now back to work.

 

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.