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Biological Bias

Oliver James opines that "genes are left wing" and, further, that "politics may be the reason why the media has so far failed to report the small role of genes." James, writing in the UK's Guardian, says that "the Human Genome Project is rapidly providing a scientific basis for the political left." According to James, the political right is more apt to believe that "that genes largely explain why the poor are poor, as well as twice as likely as the rich to be mentally

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified a small group of breakthrough COVID-19 cases, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense is to use genetic genealogy approaches to identify the remains of unknown soldiers.

Vox and Nature discuss the importance of preparing for the next pandemic.

In Nature this week: comparison of five circulating tumor DNA assays, resequencing analysis of lettuce gives insight into its domestication, and more.