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"The choice is pretty clear: the Republican candidates favor the teaching of creationist dogma in the science classroom," blogs Steve Salzberg. He posts about the candidates' ideas on whether to teach intelligent design alongside evolution, and while it's clear that Palin supports teaching both, McCain "has waffled." Both Obama and Biden are for teaching evolution alone, and Salzberg thinks this is the only way to save US science education.

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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.