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DermTech: Ray Akhavan

DermTech has appointed Ray Akhavan as its general counsel. Most recently, Akhavan served as associate general counsel and chief intellectual property counsel at Ancestry. Prior to Ancestry, Akhavan served as general counsel and chief intellectual property counsel at Caris Life Sciences. He has also worked as a research biologist at the National Institutes of Health and as a patent examiner at the US Patent and Trademark Office. 

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.