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If He Follows Watson's Advice to Avoid Boring People, Venter Might Get Lonely

Carl Zimmer heard Craig Venter speak at the Oxonian Society in New York. The audience, says Zimmer, was more interested in people than in Venter's energy plans, so Venter told them about the differences between his genome and James Watson's. When one person asked about the ethics of cloning and whether armies of clones would arise, Venter said that scientists don't have such science fiction-ish ambition because they're too boring.

Venter is also featured in Popular Mechanics where they ask him 10 questions, mainly about biofuels. He says that he hopes to have a biofuel on the market within five years.

 

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.