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Genetics 2.0

Science Progress discusses a recent article in the American Journal of Bioethics from Stanford's Sandra Soo-Jin Lee and LaVera Crawley that explores the combination of direct-to-consumer genomics and social networking, particularly focusing on how it affects consumer health and privacy. Lee tells Science Progress that not all genetic information is strictly personal -- it may have implications for the person's children or grandchildren. She adds that although GINA gives people protection against discrimination, it's not clear how information shared over a social network will be treated.

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.