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Research on human embryonic stem cells should absolutely get federal funding, writes David Scadden in a column for the Boston Globe. The co-director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute says that the US is losing out when it comes to stem cells, as funding controversies are forcing some researchers to halt their work and others to leave the country to work overseas.

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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.