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Over at Living the Scientific Life, GrrlScientist has a blog post on the puffed-up importance of journal impact factors and the "rampant citation bartering among scientists" that has resulted from it. GrrlScientist contends that impact factors are by no means a good way to measure the accuracy of any individual paper, and expounds on the problems that have ensued from scientists' focusing too much on publishing in journals with high impact factors.

 

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Kelvin Droegemeier, the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, is the new acting director of the US National Science Foundation.

Wired reports the University of California, Berkeley's Innovative Genomics Institute has transformed itself into a diagnostic lab to run SARS-CoV-2 tests.

An opinion piece at the Guardian discusses the state of SARS-CoV-2 testing in the UK.

In Nature this week: direct-capture Perturb-seq approach for combinatorial single-cell CRISPR screens, potential uses of genome-editing in breeding crops, and more.