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Science has its own news story on the 1,000 Genomes Project that focuses on how mapping a diverse group of genomes will become a reference set of variation and will help uncover rare SNPs. Science also notes that Craig Venter's team plans to sequence 10 individuals this year and 10,000 more -- as diploid genomes -- over the next 10 years.

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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.