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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The Alzheimer's Association announced yesterday that it has awarded $2.2 million in grant funding to support nine projects that will investigate why Alzheimer's disease disproportionately affects women versus men.

According to the Alzheimer's Association, nearly two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer's disease are women. Among all individuals 71 years and older, about 16 percent of women have Alzheimer's disease or dementia, compared with 11 percent of men.

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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.