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By Monica Heger

This story, originally published June 3, has been updated with the latest analysis and assembly results from BGI.

Two independent teams have sequenced the genome of the Escherichia coli strain that has been wreaking havoc across Europe, resulting in the deaths of 17 people.

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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.