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Building off of other people's code isn't a new bioinformatics trick, and it makes sense to do it, claims this post at Bioinformatics Zen. Here, he explores how to programmatically get active EMBL files from the EBI database using BioRuby and Ruby On Rails, building off of existent code. For the most part, he considers how to store the object after it has been downloaded once, and then reload it every time it's called again.

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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.