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Henry Louis Gates, Jr., on His Genome

From both his genome sequence and a paper record trail, Harvard University’s Henry Louis Gates, Jr., was able to delve into his ancestry, reports BusinessWeek. "It turns out that I'm descended on my mother's side from a white woman who was impregnated by a black slave, and on my father's side from an Irishman who conceived with a black woman named Jane Gates," he says, later adding: "I was searching for African roots, and they led to an African kingdom called the United Kingdom." Gates adds that he found nothing that worried him about his health.

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.