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Decode Genetics has reported finding two genetic variants that cause 57 percent of cases of thyroid cancer, says a story in the New York Times. Their paper in Nature Genetics used a GWAS on a population of Icelandic cases to find two common variants, located on chromosomes 9q22.33 and 14q13.3, that are associated with the disease.

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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.