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In this week's Nature, researchers at the Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Fla., and their colleagues report that miR-212, which is "upregulated in the dorsal striatum of rats with a history of extended access to cocaine," decreases responsiveness to cocaine by amplifying the drug's stimulatory effects on CREB signaling.

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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.