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He's Baaack

Turkish creationist Adnan Oktar is working on the fifth volume of his 14-part series, the Atlas of Creation, that he says will show that "Darwin and his theory are dead." (He has sent previous volumes of the text to various people, companies, and institutions -- we're good here though, thanks.) According to the Wall Street Journal, Richard Dawkins calls the book "total inanity." In it, Oktar places the images of fossils next to what he says are their modern counterparts, though he makes a few mistakes, confusing snakes and eels and including "a man-made fishing fly with a metal hook clearly visible." Dawkins adds that Oktar "doesn't know anything about zoology, doesn't know anything about biology. He knows nothing about what he is attempting to refute."

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.