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Bionano Genomics: Compute on Demand (COD) 1.2

Bionano Genomics has released version 1.2 of its Compute on Demand (COD) cloud compute solution. According to the company, it significantly reduces the cost and time to analyze structural variants in a human genome. Analysis results are now returned in nine hours, a 30 percent reduction in time. The improvements are enabled by the use of Microsoft Azure as a high-performance computing provider, adding to existing provider Amazon Web Services.

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.