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Elias Zerhouni went to bat for stem cell funding yesterday. In a hearing on the proposed 2008 budget for NIH, Zerhouni said that the US restrictions on federal funding for stem cell research leave NIH fighting "with one hand tied behind our back," according to this wire story.

 

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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.