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At Wired blogs, Brandon Keim talks about the non-linear dynamics of evolution -- or rather, he lets us read an excerpt from his interview with microbiologist and author, Carl Woese. A growing number of scientists, Keim writes, see the jumps in biological complexity to be at odds with Darwinian evolution. To that end, he's writing an article on the topic and over the next few posts will publish excerpts from his interviews. Systems biology is ever apparent: "Linear thinking is not the kind of thinking that's needed to study evolution.

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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.