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Apparently, Belief in Evolution Makes You a Minority Figure

What a day for creation theory. John Lynch at Stranger Fruit blogs about the latest results of a Gallup poll on political leaning and belief in creation, intelligent design, or evolution. Republicans emerged with 60 percent believing in creationism, 32 percent believing in ID, and just 4 percent believing in no-strings-attached evolution. Democrats were an even split on creationism and ID (38 and 39 percent, respectively), with 17 percent opting for evoution. Independents had the highest rate of belief in evolution -- 19 percent -- but still had 40 percent opting for creationism and 36 percent for ID.

While we're on the subject, members of the American Society of Plant Biologists are urging Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal to veto the creation-in-the-classroom bill that's on his desk. Pamela Ronald includes the full text of the letter at her Tomorrow's Table blog.


The Scan

Renewed Gain-of-Function Worries

The New York Times writes that the pandemic is renewing concerns about gain-of-function research.

Who's Getting the Patents?

A trio of researchers has analyzed gender trends in biomedical patents issued between 1976 and 2010 in the US, New Scientist reports.

Other Uses

CBS Sunday Morning looks at how mRNA vaccine technology could be applied beyond SARS-CoV-2.

PLOS Papers Present Analysis of Cervicovaginal Microbiome, Glycosylation in Model Archaea, More

In PLOS this week: functional potential of the cervicovaginal microbiome, glycosylation patterns in model archaea, and more.