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Cell biologist Janet Iwasa studied alongside Hollywood animators to bring film industry tools to the study of biology, reports The New York Times. "The ability to animate really gives biologists a chance to think about things in a whole new way," says Iwasa, a molecular animator at Harvard Medical School. Her colleague Tomas Kirchhausen says that animation helps him to determine whether what he thinks is going on makes sense.

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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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