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As part of its austerity budget, Spain may cut funding for research and development by a quarter, reports the Nature News Blog. The draft budget containing the cut, which would bring R&D funding back to 2005 levels, was presented to the Spanish parliament last week. "The decrease in science investment is worse than expected," says Carlos Andradas, president of the Confederation of Spanish Scientific Societies.

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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.

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