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Free Personal Genome, with a Catch

Iddo Friedberg at Byte Size Biology asks his readers whether they would like to have their genomes sequenced for free if the conditions were that it must be licensed for public use under a "liberal CC no attribution-like license," and personal information - age, height, and sex, among other things - would accompany the data. In addition, Friedberg suggests, your primary care physician would upload your medical records with each checkup, so that researchers could "fully appreciate the genotype-phenotype connection." That's because "once you contract that late-onset Cheetos addiction at the age of 65, we want to know about it," he writes. So far, the reaction has been mixed among respondents. Thirty-six percent of voters have responded with a "No way!" while 23 percent of votes said "Yes, you can even put my name on it." You can keep track of any additional responses to the poll here.

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.