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New York City Subway Rats Look Tame by Comparison

Over at In the Pipeline, Derek Lowe pays homage to bacteria. Learning about antibacterial drug discovery "has given me a new respect for the nasty resilience of bacteria," he writes. "Their independent, free-living nature makes them nastier than even tumor cell lines. ... Their membranes are like armor plate compared to a lot of higher-organism cell lines, with the gram-negative organisms taking the trophy." And in case you're still not sure just how he feels about them, Lowe writes, "It’s like dealing with a swarm of tiny, self-replicating attack submarines."

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.