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What You Can Learn From a Daily Scan


Kudos to Eric Topol, director of Scripps Genomic Medicine, for getting it all said in less than 800 words. If you have been looking for a quick, clear summary of personal genomics that you can forward to your lay friends, it's hard to go wrong with Topol's op-ed What You Can Learn From a Gene Scan in The Wall Street Journal.

Among other things, he foresees the impact on everyday medicine: "When a consumer arrives in his or her doctor's office to get help in interpreting the genomic data, the doctor is likely to respond: 'What's a SNP?'"

To which we reply, "and why do you keep hitting my knee with that hammer?"

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.