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This Week in Nature: Mar 22, 2007

In a news item, Nature reports on a new initiative under consideration by the US government to make all scientific data generated by federal agencies publicly accessible. A working group representing 22 government agencies will come up with a strategic plan sometime this year, according to the article.

This paper from lead author Michael Stone at Harvard reports on a single-molecule approach his team used to study the assembly process of telomerase, and the two-step RNA folding mechanism they observed.

Another paper, this one from lead authors Christoph Biskup and Jana Kusch at the Universität Jena, focuses on ligand binding in CNGA2 ion channels to determine the activation gating pattern in the channel.


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.