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Pop the Popcorn Now

Set your TiVos. Tonight's NOVA scienceNOW, airing at 9pm Eastern, looks into personal genetic testing. The preview to the episode says Harvard's Steven Pinker took a genetic test that told him he had an 80 percent risk of being bald — Pinker's hair is a cross between Mozart and Einstein — and now he's part of the PGP that will be posting their DNA sequences on the Internet. If you can't catch it tonight and haven't succumbed to getting a digital recorder, you can watch the program tomorrow at PBS's website.

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.