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Big Foot and the Loch Ness Monster may or may not be hoaxes, but research into their existence can still yield meaningful scientific knowledge.

Scientific American relates the story of Charlotte Lindqvist, a geneticist at the University at Buffalo who, a few years back, examined some fur and bone samples provided by a film crew searching for Big Foot. The samples, they thought, could prove the existence of the big hairy beast.

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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.