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Mitochondrial Pioneer Dies

Caltech geneticist Giuseppe Attardi died in at his home in Altadena, Calif. last Saturday. Attardi studied mitochondria and was the first to show how mitochondrial RNA produced mRNA and the mitochondrial gene involved in that process. He also studied how mutations in mtRNA can lead to disease. Attardi was 84.

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.