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An article in the June issue of Scientific American takes a brief look at CNVs and how they are no longer considered a "direct cause of disease." CNVs are now considered to be common. "It's not normal to be walking around with the perfect genome," Matthew Hurles says. However, some are still associated with complex diseases including autism, Crohn's disease, and schizophrenia.

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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.