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Part of Being a Truly Great Scientist

A survey by the Lemelson-MIT Program says that teens in America are interested in science, engineering, and math but don't have the proper mentorship to pursue those fields as careers. Two-thirds of the kids, in fact, "said that the lack of a mentor would discourage them from entering a science or engineering career," says a post at Ars Technica. To help change this, scientists need to reach out and offer to talk to young people, letting them know what they do and what it is they can expect from a career in science. At the end of the post, author Matt Ford lists places to contact, including Wake Forest University Brain Awareness Council and MIT K-12 Outreach Programs.

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.