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Cold Case, CDC Style

They're the Navy SEALs of emerging disease. An article in today's New York Times profiles a group that's part of the US Centers for Disease Control. This group, the Unexplained Deaths Project, is responsible for using interdisciplinary approaches to try to identify pathogens and other causes of previously inexplicable deaths.

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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.

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

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

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.