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An interesting post on ScienceBlogs’ Discovering Biology in a Digital World talks about where bioinformatics fits in in the biotech industry. The blogger, a bioinformatics scientist and entrepreneur, classifies biotech professionals into two broad groups:  scientists, who use bioinformatics software as a research tool, and computer programmers, who write code and create customized software programs.

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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.