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And We Used to Think Academic Freedom Was Commendable

Here's a cringe-worthy story from the Wall Street Journal about new tactics from opponents of evolution -- specifically, how critics have taken to lobbying state legislators to pass so-called academic freedom bills "that would encourage or require public-school teachers to cast doubt on a cornerstone of modern science," the article says. "The common goal: To expose more students to articles and videos that undercut evolution."

 

The Scan

Gone, But Now Reconstructed SARS-CoV-2 Genomes

In a preprint, a researcher describes his recovery of viral sequences that had been removed from a common database.

Rare Heart Inflammation Warning

The Food and Drug Administration is adding a warning about links between a rare inflammatory heart condition and two SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, Reuters reports.

Sandwich Sampling

The New York Times sent tuna sandwiches for PCR analysis.

Nature Papers Describe Gut Viruses, New Format for Storing Quantitative Genomic Data, More

In Nature this week: catalog of DNA viruses of the human gut microbiome, new dense depth data dump format to store quantitative genomic data, and more.