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FAA Says: No Pigs Flying Yet

In an article from Forbes.com, reporters check into recent news that Novartis has begun to make freely accessible the data from some genetic research it's completed. The article quotes Novartis research chief Mark Fishman as saying, ""It will take the entire world to interpret these data. ... We figure we will benefit more by having a lot of companies look at these data than by holding it secret."

Does this mean pharma's going open source? We can always hope.

 

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.