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The Vancouver Sun this week reports on what it calls "an unusually creative case of academic misconduct," in which an as-yet-unidentified researcher "has been caught padding his resume and federal grant applications with studies that do not exist." The Sun says that while Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council declines "to identify the scientist or university involved," officials there suggest "cutting off funding to the anonymous scientist 'sends a strong message and is line with current standards and expectation of accountability and is consistent with

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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.

In PLOS this week: genetic analysis of tremor condition, analysis of a West and Central African tree used in traditional medicine, and more.