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At NPR's Shots blog, Scott Hensley is surprised to learn that the cutoff age for the Lurie Prize, which honors promising young researchers, is 52. "Fifty-two still qualifies as being a young scientist? Really? I thought there must be a mistake," he writes.

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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.