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In a meta-analysis appearing online this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Johns Hopkins University's Stephanie Devaney and her colleagues review the "overall test performance of noninvasive fetal sex determination using cell-free fetal DNA." In analyzing 80 data sets from 57 studies, the team found that, "despite interstudy variability, [test] performance was high using maternal blood." Devaney et al.

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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.