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Like Dominoes

With Francis Collins leaving NHGRI to eventually become NIH director and with Eric Green moving up to lead NHGRI, Green's former post of NHGRI intramural scientific director is now up for grabs, points out Sean Eddy at his blog, Cryptogenomicon. Eddy adds that he is on the search committee and they hope to begin interviews in March. "It will be hard to replace Eric Green, who was a fabulous SD — like Eric, the ideal person would need to be able to be fluent not only with genetics and genomics, but also with clinical research, and such a person could really use this as an opportunity to lead genomics into new areas of great human impact," Eddy writes.

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.