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Endangered in NYC

DNA from endangered species will be stored at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The museum and the US National Parks Service signed an agreement for samples from endangered species living in national parks to be added to the museum's library. Among the first samples to be added will be specimens from Channel Islands foxes, American crocodiles, and Hawaiian geese. Since 2001, samples in this collection have been available for free for geneticists to study.

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.