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In the Pipeline's Derek Lowe wants to know, of what value is a scientific background in jobs not relating to research, or in life in general? The "ideas of a scientist's world view," he says, are pretty "basic." First, the natural world goes on no matter what humans think or believe at any given moment. Next, the natural world conforms to a set of rules — these could be complex, but they can be figured out.

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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.