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The National Science Foundation's biennial Science and Engineering Indicators report shows that US research is in a better place than was expected, says ScienceInsider's Jeffrey Mervis. The report says that the country's investment in research as a share of GDP reached a record high of 2.9 percent in 2009, showing a commitment to investing in science, Mervis says.

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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.