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Small, But a Big Deal

Using nanopores might speed up the sequencing process, says The Economist in this article about the technology. "My own vision is a 15-minute genome," says the University of Oxford's Hagan Bayley. "While you are being diagnosed at the hospital your entire genome would be sequenced." But, as The Economist points out, there's a long way to go until the technology gets to that point, and researchers are investigating using different types of nanopores as well as different ways to slow the movement of the DNA through the nanopores down so the bases can be detected. "Nanopores are tiny, but if they can be harnessed, the consequences could be momentous," The Economist says.

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.