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MIT broke ground on a new cancer center last week, the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, which will bring scientists and engineers together to study cancer metastates. The 350,000-square foot center is set to open in late 2010, according to this article in Scientific American, and as a collaborative effort "may be the best means of putting to practical use the emerging (and still esoteric) field of systems biology."

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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.