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Increased television watching may be a risk factor for coronary artery disease (CAD), according to a series of genetic and observational analyses reported in Nature Communications this week. Sedentary leisure activities have been associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, but it is not clear whether this relationship is causal.

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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.