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Paired Ends: Jay Shendure, Sunney Xie

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The National Institutes of Health has given 78 grants under its High Risk-High Reward Research Awards. Among those that will receive grants are Jay Shendure from the University of Washington and Sunney Xie from Harvard University, who will each receive the NIH Pioneer award to develop innovative approaches that impact biomedical or behavioral research.

The Scan

Should've Been Spotted Sooner

Scientists tell the Guardian that SARS-CoV-2 testing issues at a UK lab should have been noticed earlier.

For Martian Fuel

Researchers have outlined a plan to produce rocket fuel on Mars that uses a combination of sunlight, carbon dioxide, frozen water, cyanobacteria, and engineered E. coli, according to Gizmodo.

To Boost Rapid Testing

The Washington Post writes that new US programs aim to boost the availability of rapid at-home SARS-CoV-2 tests.

PNAS Papers on Strawberry Evolution, Cell Cycle Regulators, False-Positive Triplex Gene Editing

In PNAS this week: strawberry pan-genome, cell cycle-related roles for MDM2 and MDMX, and more.