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Britain is planning a Center for Medical Research and Innovation to be built between the British Museum and the St. Pancras train station near King's Cross that planners hope will accelerate translational medicine. Critics, though, worry about the lack of space and the placement of such a large animal and virus study center so close to an international rail station.

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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.