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At his blog, Chad Orzel asks: Who is the Velvet Underground of science? "The question is a play on the famous comment that only of order a thousand people bought the first Velvet Underground record, but every one of them went on to start a band," he adds. For physics, Orzel names Sadi Carnot, who was influential in thermodynamics.

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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.