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The Father of Cell Biology Has Died

Nobel laureate and one of the founding fathers of modern cell biology, George Palade, has died at 95. He was one of the first to use electron microscopy, which helped him discover the ribosome and the action of secretory proteins. Palade shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1974 with Albert Claude and Christian de Duve. "In cell biology he is clearly the most influential scientist ever," Günter Blobel, a professor at Rockefeller University, says in the NYT obit. Alex Palazzo at The Daily Transcript also pays homage to Palade's life and work.

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.