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On the Right Foot

The National Science Foundation may receive a 3.3 percent budget increase in 2013, reports ScienceInsider's Jeffery Mervis. Under a new bill taken up by a US Senate spending panel, the agency could receive a $240 million increase. This falls short of the $340 million bump President Barack Obama had requested for NSF, but given that the Senate panel has only $1 billion to spread around, the budget increase "still represents a remarkable show of support for the basic research agency," Mervis says. If approved, NSF's total budget would be $7.27 billion. The full Senate appropriations committee is expected to take up the proposal later this month, Mervis adds.

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.