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."

 

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The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is investing in Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's BioRxiv.

A study appearing in PLOS One finds that shortened consent forms don't affect clinical trial participants' understanding of the study.

The National Security Agency monitored signal intelligence for signs of "nefarious" genetic engineering projects, Gizmodo reports.

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