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The Wall Street Journal reports that the White House requested a bigger budget for the Food and Drug Administration for fiscal year 2009. Most of the $130 million would go toward monitoring drug and medical device safety, as well as funding food-safety initiatives. Also, the White House wants the FDA to have the authority to approve generic versions of biologic drugs.

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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.