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NIH has news on why women are leaving science. A study of the NIH’s own research staff that was published in this month’s issue of EMBO Reports finds that although women make of almost half of all undergraduate, graduate, and postdoc scientists nationwide, many leave research before making tenure. Their findings suggest that it’s because they face more family responsibilities and are less confident than men.

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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.