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'Drug Administration' Just Has a Different Ring to It

In President Obama's naming of Margaret Hamburg and Joshua Sharfstein to the top spots at the FDA, some see a signal that the Obama administration favors splitting the FDA in two, one part to oversee drugs and the other food, according to this wire story. The article says drug company executives are in favor of the partition as they see an opening for faster drug reviews -- the FDA missed deadlines last year on an estimated 20 percent of drug applications -- and the FDA has been besieged by food safety issues that some say "have made senior officials even more risk-averse on drug approvals."

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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.