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In Science this week, a Japanese research team reports that multiple copies of genes coding for ribosomal RNA helps protect the yeast genome following DNA damage. By comparing four Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains with 20 to 110 copies of rDNA genes, the researchers found that low-copy strains were more sensitive to a DNA damaging chemical or ultraviolet light than high-copy strains.

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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.