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Science Agenda in the House

US Representative Bart Gordon (D–TN), who chairs the House Science and Technology Committee, mapped out his 2010 legislative agenda, according to ScienceInsider (However, as ScienceInsider says, Gordon has “a legislative batting average that would make a Little Leaguer blush.”) At the top of the agenda is reauthorizing the 2007 America COMPETES Act, which increased the research budgets at DOE, NIST, and NSF and created the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. Gordon expects minor changes to the act. He also says that he doesn’t expect 2011 to hold the same funding increases as 2010. "You have to recognize the [current] economic reality," says Gordon. "Any type of significant increase will be a victory. ... I'd like to see it above inflation, as a minimum. But I think that 7 percent is the right number."

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.