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Naturally, the Average Consumer Will Know All About This

You can't open Google Alerts these days without finding some mention of 23andMe or a similar competitor -- so Sandra Porter takes the opportunity to post a blog entry on quality scores in DNA sequencing. The post is brief but ends with a few sample quality plots for DNA sequence reads, and Porter quizzes readers on which elements they can correctly identify. How good are you?

 

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.