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Fighting Cancer -- and Now Inflation Too

The American Society of Clinical Oncology's annual meeting is going on, and this Wall Street Journal article reports on warnings from speakers there that "five years of flat federal funding of cancer research is threatening to undo major strides made against the disease." ASCO President Nancy Davidson pegged the actual funding loss, thanks to inflation, at $500 million. The story quotes her as saying, "A hundred Phase I and Phase II clinical trials have been postponed, and the number of people able to participate in clinical trials has been reduced by 3,000."


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.