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If There's No Way to Get Rid of Cockroaches, Why Not Make Them Useful?

An essay in today's New York Times reflects on the recently proven ability to encode, inject, and store information in an organism's genome. "The feat ... was a demonstration of DNA as the ultimate information storage material, able to withstand floods, terrorism, time and the changing fashions in technology," writes Dennis Overbye. Next up could be storing information in cockroaches or even humans. But what about the changes that occur over time in a genome? As the article points out, there are plenty of technical hurdles with the archiving concept.


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.