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Fragmented, Incomplete … Just Another Day on the Blogs

At Science After Sunclipse, Blake Stacey expands on Sean Eddy's review of Opening Up Education, a collection of essays edited by Toru Iiyoshi and M.S. Vijay Kumar in PLoS Biology. Eddy says that the book aims to show how individuals and institutions can use digital communication to freely redistribute educational materials to anyone who wants them, but he adds that many of the current attempts don't live up to the ideal. "Too many resources I saw were sketchy, incomplete, and unsatisfying," Eddy writes.

Stacey adds that bloggers' posts often suffer from the same maladies. "Our textual output is fragmented, because we lack the tools and, more fundamentally, the incentives to make it otherwise," Stacey blogs.

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.