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When Math and Biology Connect

Paul Brazhnik at the NIGMS Feedback Loop blog reports on a joint DMS/NIGMS initiative to support research in mathematical biology. One of the program's goals is to bring new mathematical approaches into core biological and biomedical research, Brazhnik says. At a meeting of PIs for the project, Brazhnik says he heard some ideas that caught his attention. For example, several speakers discussed balancing new innovations in math while applying well-established mathematical approaches to biology. Another speaker talked about how the methods used to study the spread of infectious diseases could also be used to study the spread of emotional states, he adds.

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.