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In this week's Nature Genetics, a multi-institute team publishes a nearly complete reference genome of the cultivated octoploid strawberry, which resulted from the hybridization of two wild octoploid species that descended from the merger of four diploid progenitor species into a single nucleus more than one million years ago.

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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.