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Kathy Hudson

Kathy Hudson has been named chair of the scientific advisory board for Sequence Bio. Hudson will offer expertise in population genomics projects to help the company with its therapeutic discovery efforts. Hudson is CEO of the People-Centered Research Foundation. Previously, she spent eight years leading science policy, legislation, and communications and outreach efforts for the National Institutes of Health. She is the former deputy director for science, outreach, and policy at the NIH, and acted as a senior advisor to the agency's director.

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.