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Looking Back

Thomas Mailund points out an interview with Svante Pääbo at the Edge. There, in a video, Pääbo discusses his work analyzing the Neandertal genome. He says that in his team's papers there is "absolute proof that [Neandertals] didn't contribute mitochondrial DNA" to the human genome, though they are still investigating whether they made contributions to other stretches. He also touches on the FOXP2 gene and wonders if Neandertals had survive to today, whether they would be living in a zoo or in suburbia.

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.