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Darwin, Light Bathroom Reading

A rare first edition copy of Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" was found on a bathroom bookcase in southern England. According to the Associated Press, it is one of about 1,250 copies printed in 1859. Christie's auction house will be putting it up for sale tomorrow ad expects that it will sell for £60,000. "It's a bit odd, though, that they put the book there and no one seems to have bothered to notice it for 150 years," says PZ Myers at Pharyngula. "I am really curious to know what other books were on that toilet shelf."

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.