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Over at Inside Higher Ed, Yale University's Stephen Stearns says graduate students would be best to prepare for every possible worst-case scenario. "Assume that your proposed research might not work, and that one of your faculty advisers might become unsupportive — or even hostile," Stearns says. "Plan for alternatives." Stearns even says "nobody cares about" grad students, and because of that, they ought to take their training into their own hands.

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UK Royal Statistical Society is organizing a working group to develop guidelines for assessing COVID-19 tests, the Guardian reports.

The Washington Post reports that the White House chief of staff has asked the US Food and Drug Administration to justify the stricter standards it is seeking for a coronavirus vaccine.

President Donald Trump's "good genes" comment raises eugenics concerns, CNN reports.

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