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The Washington Post rounds up how scientific thought on genes has evolved since Gregor Mendel tended his pea plants. It’s a good place to send those English majors who don’t quite understand how biology has changed from "one gene, one protein" to include non-coding elements, those insulators, micro-RNAs, exon-splicing enhancers, or 3'-untranslated hairpins that regulate the protein-encoding genes.

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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.