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What Is a Game Show?

IBM has developed a computer program, called Watson, that will take on human contestants playing the television game show Jeopardy! reports Technology Review. This program would have to know the intricacies of language, something that Deep Blue, the program that beat Garry Kasparov at chess, did not have to understand. In addition, Jeopardy! is an "open-world" game whose choices cannot be broken down into logical choices as they can in chess. IBM tells Tech Review that the program will have real world applications, including for search engines for medicine, customer service, and travel businesses. The hard part, experts add, will be to develop Watson for those other fields.

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.