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GTO very nearly derailed this morning, and it's all thanks to this Technology Review article on "Gifts for Geeks." With a siren-song headline like that, it took all of our self-restraint to come back to the land of the Daily Scan. Don't miss this roundup of gift ideas "for the science enthusiast in your life," as TR puts it.

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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.