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For Integrity

Nineteen US agencies have submitted draft or final guidelines on scientific integrity to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, according to a blog post from that office. Among the agencies that submitted draft guidelines are the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Health and Human Services. Nature's News Blog adds that while the White House science office has not made the guidelines public, some agencies have made their guidelines available. NSF published its draft policy in the Federal Register. "We strongly believe that research results should be objective and not influenced by a potential awardee's financial interests or affiliations," the agency writes. The guidelines also cover NSF's media policy.

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.