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Clinical trials in the US are suffering from a lack of patients, says the Los Angeles Times. Americans are not enrolling in clinical trials -- fewer than 5 percent of cancer patients enter clinical trials -- and this is partly due to patients not understanding that they will receive the standard of care, not a placebo, or receive standard care plus the experimental treatment.

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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.