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A news piece in this week's Science reports that ECell International (ESI), a Singapore-based company, is stopping research work on human embryonic stem cells due to increasing lack of investor interest. The time lag from lab to clinic is too long, investors say, but several companies, including Geron and ACT, are not giving up, claiming they have products in the pipeline.

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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.

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.