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In a News Q&A, reporter Declan Butler interviews Larry Brilliant, who is leading Google.org, a philanthropy whose aim is to fight emerging diseases, climate change, and poverty. With their 'Predict and Prevent' initiative, they hope to re-invent epidemiology -- especially when it comes to defending against lagging governmental responses to new disease outbreaks.

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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.