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A Sip for Every 'Incnst. Abbrv.'

Stuck finishing a manuscript on a Saturday night? Charles Magee at Lounge of the Lab Lemming offers a rather insalubrious solution for your weekend woes — he proposes a "reference-checking drinking game," in which one consumes specific aliquots of an alcoholic beverage per their inconsistent use of "et al." as well as "gratuitous references to common knowledge which you tracked down as a form of procrastination," accidentally auto-formatting your document — and, consequently, losing all manual edits — and citing "papers you've never actually read," among other things. Magee jokes that one should "should drain the bottle" should they "actually" read a paper they've referenced in their own, "only to find that it actually says the opposite of what you inferred based on the way that other people referenced it."

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.