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For When You Step Out of the Lab This Summer

If you are looking for some summer reading, head over to Female Science Professor's blog and Chad Orzel's Uncertainty Principle. FSP is asking if her readers like academic novels — her favorite is Richard Russo's Straight Man. "There is something very satisfying, however, about reading a really good parody of a faculty meeting or faculty-administrator interactions, even in the summer," she writes. Chad Orzel is taking the names of the academic novels that people like.

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.