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Dan, a blogger at Bitesize Bio, sums up five characteristics young scientists should look for in a mentor. The major one, he says, is letting students take public credit for work they did by actually getting their name on a paper or speaking at a conference. Mentors should also have a balance between letting students do their own thing and dictating what students should do. Another one he emphasizes is enthusiasm — it’s infectious.

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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.