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Plus, Think of All That Interest They'll Accrue

Science agencies are still hanging on to most of their stimulus money, reports Wired. Of the $36.7 billion the US Department of Energy received, it has only spent $451 million. If spending data from the National Science Foundation, NASA, and Environmental Protection Agency are combined, they have doled out only 1.2 percent of their stimulus funds. The holdup is due to the review process of the proposed projects. "We awarded one out of every five projects, so the projects we were able to select are terrific projects," says Matt Rogers, senior advisor to Secretary of Energy. "If we don't go through this competitive process, you don't see the best projects. There's a time-quality trade-off."

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.