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Science Writer Honored

Chip Chick this week named science writer Virginia Hughes to its list of Top 10 Women in Technology 2011. “Her detailed articles and clever [analyses] come from the mind of someone who truly understands the subject, as her writing skills go hand in hand with her degree in neuroscience from Brown, with courses in science writing taken at [Johns] Hopkins,” the blog’s Zara Stone Rabinowicz says of Hughes, whose work has been published in ScienceBlogs and Discover, among other places.

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.