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A Summary of Scifoo

Now that Scifoo is over and done with for this year, Bertalan Meskó at ScienceRoll sums up the event and his coverage of it. In one post, he talks about a session he helped organize on how virtual worlds can be useful for science and medicine.

Though slightly unrelated, Meskó also posts on a visit to Navigenics headquarters (complete with photos) and lets readers know that 23andMe is sending representatives to the Second Life virtual world in a chat with Nature at 1:00 pm EST tomorrow.

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.