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FASEB Honors Gail Martin

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology has announced that Gail Martin will receive the 2011 Excellence in Science Award in honor of her work in embryonic stem cell research. Namely, her FGF-signaling research has elucidated human disease mechanisms, and she and her "colleagues were the first to demonstrate that female pluripotent stem cells contain two active X-chromosomes and can undergo X-inactivation in vitro when they form embryoid bodies, and she went on to characterize some of the epigenetic events leading to X-inactivation," according to a FASEB release. The award, sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company, will be presented along with an "unrestricted research grant" of $10,000, according to FASEB.

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.