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Congenica: Sam Roberts

Sam Roberts has been appointed as a non-executive board director of Congenica. She is the managing director of Health & Care at Legal & General, which co-led Congenica's recent $50 million Series C funding round. Previously, she was the chief executive of the Accelerated Access Collaborative, an umbrella organization for UK health innovation. She also used to be director of innovation, research, and life sciences at NHS England. Roberts holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and a doctorate in evidence-based healthcare from the University of Oxford.

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.