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In a paper published online in advance in Nature this week, an international team led by investigators at Imperial College London shows that the homing endonuclease gene I-Sce1 "can substantially increase its transmission to the progeny in transgenic mosquitoes of the human malaria vector Anopheles gambiae." More specifically, I-Sce1 quickly invades mosquito populations such that it validates mathematical models of homing endonuclease gene transmission dynamics.

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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.

UK Royal Statistical Society is organizing a working group to develop guidelines for assessing COVID-19 tests, the Guardian reports.

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In PLOS this week: genetic analysis of tremor condition, analysis of a West and Central African tree used in traditional medicine, and more.