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Direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies 23andMe and Ancestry are turning to their customer base to study whether there is a genetic reason for why some people become gravely ill with COVID-19, while others have a more mild disease course, the Detroit Free Press reports.

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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.