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The Anti-Anti-Evolution Bill

While some state lawmakers are moving toward implementing "teach the controversy" laws, Louisiana State Senator Karen Carter Peterson has introduced a bill to repeal that state's 2008 education law. According to the AAAS Policy Alert, the 2008 law designated evolution — as well as climate change and the origin of life — as a controversial topic and thus allowed teachers to use supplemental materials to critique it. As Walter Pierce writes at The Independent Weekly, opponents called the bill "a Trojan Horse for creationists." Peterson, though, is working to remove the bill. "Louisiana's top priority must be to educate our children so they can compete for the high-paying jobs that we want to create in Louisiana," she says. The AAAS Policy Alert adds that the Louisiana Act has been the only successfully enacted "academic freedom" bill in the US.

The Scan

White-Tailed Deer Harbor SARS-CoV-2 Variants No Longer Infecting Humans, Study Finds

A new study in PNAS has found that white-tailed deer could act as a reservoir of SARS-CoV-2 variants no longer found among humans.

Study Points to Benefits of Local Consolidative Therapy, Targeted Treatments in Cancer Care

In JCO Precision Oncology, researchers report that local consolidative therapy combined with molecularly targeted treatments could improve survival for some lung cancer patients.

Genetic Variants That Lower LDL Cholesterol Linked to Reduced Heart Disease Risk

Rare variants in two genes that lower LDL cholesterol are also associated with a decreased risk of coronary heart disease, according to a new JAMA Cardiology study.

Study Links Evolution of Longevity, Social Organization in Mammals

With the help of comparative phylogenetics and transcriptomics, researchers in Nature Communications see ties between lifespan and social organization in mammals.