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Hwang Woo-suk, the South Korean scientist who claimed to have successfully cloned human embryos in 2004, was dealt a blow this week by an appeals court that upheld multiple fraud convictions against him, reports the Associated Press. In October, Hwang was sentenced to two years in prison on charges of embezzling $800,000 in research funds and illegally buying human eggs, the AP says.

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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.