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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A team led by researchers at the Broad Institute and the University of California, Berkeley has engineered new CRISPR-Cas9 variants that widen the targeting scope of base editors, thus broadening the number of human pathogenic variants that could potentially targeted.

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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.