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Together, Agbio and Biofuels Could Be Batman and Robin

In an editorial in the Wall Stree Journal, Nobel Prize winner Norman Borlaug and Peter McPherson, president of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, talk about how the US should get a long-term plan to stave off famine in the developing and rural world. Despite the Green Revolution "and other advances in technology, production methods and related investments in agriculture" that increased food production 30 years ago, agricultural biotech might be the next tool in the shed to avoid a pending food shortage, they argue.

At AlterNet, Scott Thill warns that we're already on the verge of famine, which could become the "chief terror of the future," he writes. "Rising food prices do not have one simple cause," says Bettina Luescher, chief spokesperson for the North American chapter of the UN World Food Program. "They are caused by several factors, all combining to a perfect storm. But they are rooted in increased energy prices, competition between biofuels and food, rising demand from economic growth in emerging economies, and increasing climatic shocks such as droughts and floods."

 

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.