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One Day, Your Kids Will Ask What a Mutt Used to Be

This article in the New York Times highlights the growing interest in using genetics to breed dogs with very specific traits -- and the ethical concerns that seem to be slowing absolutely nobody down. The article quotes Mark Neff from UC Davis as saying, "We're on the verge of a real radical shift in the way we apply genetics in our society."

 

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.