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In work appearing in this week's issue of Nature, scientists have found even more evidence for a gene in humans linked to language. Already known to be a 'language gene,' the human FOXP2 (forkhead box P2) protein has two amino acids that are different from the chimp version.

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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.