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A team from Australia, the US, and Singapore describes a crucial role for the host enzyme fibrillarin during infection by henipaviruses such as the Hendra virus or Nipah virus — bat-borne viruses that are studied in level 4 biosafety facilities due to their pathogenicity. As they report in PLOS Pathogens, the researchers used a genome-wide small interfering RNA screen to search for genetic vulnerabilities in human cells infected by henipavirus.

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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.