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Drawing on his experience as part of a panel at the World Science Festival that discussed science and religion, Lawrence Krauss writes about the incompatibility between religion and science. In this Wall Street Journal editorial, Krauss says that "God is, of necessity, irrelevant in science" and cites the evolutionary biologist J.B.S. Haldane who said that scientific work cannot be undertaken if you think a "god, angel, or devil" will affect your work.

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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.