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Stanford Opens Its Doors to OA

Science Commons passes on the news that the Stanford University School of Education has voted to adopt an open access mandate. What's exciting, writes Donna Wentworth, is the paradigm shift she sees happening in the way people relate to and access scholarly work. "It's extremely encouraging to see faculty authors at Stanford not only embracing OA personally, but also working to implement it at the institutional level -- changing the 'default setting' for published research from closed to open."

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.