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This Will Come as a Surprise to Absolutely No One

Most scientists seem to concur that the human genome sequence isn't quite as complete as the "genome completed!" announcements over the past several years might indicate. So this Scientific American story might lose its surprise factor, but the meat of the article is still interesting -- it covers the latest research from Eichler et al. on genetic variation and how that work is turning up genes that were never predicted. "Eichler believes that the findings gleaned from these eight genomes -- and 17 others that he plans to analyze -- could help fill in gaps in the reference genome," the article reports.

 

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.