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Bio-Plex Manager 5.0

Bio-Rad Laboratories this week launched the Bio-Plex Manager 5.0, the latest Bio-Plex suspension array system data management software. According to the company, the new software has four key improvements. A new graphing capability allows quicker comparison between sample data and results between samples and cross analytes. An automated maintenance feature allows researchers to set up and automatically run pre- and postrun custom maintenance and shut-down operations. Data normalization allows users to create a comparison parameter. And a new multiple analyte table layout lets users to scroll through entire result data sets and hide columns as needed, allowing for visual comparison of results.

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.