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Despite the Patchy Writing, Darwin's Pretty Smart

It's only admitted in whispers that most biologists have never read Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species," says Olivia Judson in a post at the New York Times. It's boring, they say. Judson admits that Darwin's writing was "patchy" -- at its best describing the natural world and "tortuous" when discussing genetics. "So, the difficulties notwithstanding, there are many reasons to tackle the 'Origin,'" she writes. "Reasons above and beyond the fact that it is one of the most important books ever written, and central to our culture. But to me, perhaps the most important is that reading the 'Origin' is a window into a mind. A rich and fertile mind, with a holistic view of nature."

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.