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John Tierney has an interesting essay in the New York Times in which he makes the argument that religious boundaries will ultimately be the lines of demarcation between cultures that accept human cloning and those that do not. "American and European researchers have made most of the progress so far in biotechnology. Yet they still face one very large obstacle -- God, as defined by some Western religions," Tierney writes.

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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.