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Of Course We Respect You. We Just Don't Believe You

The Pew Research Center has a new feature posted on results of a faith-versus-science survey it conducted. The twist: while the vast majority of respondents say they hold science and scientists "in very high regard," still just a quarter of them believe in evolution as explained by scientific principles. At the root of this paradox is that "much of the general public simply chooses not to believe the scientific theories and discoveries that seem to contradict long-held religious or other important beliefs," according to Pew. (Check out the article for a full breakdown of the data.)

Over at his Evolution Blog, Jason Rosenhouse posts on this sudy and on the argument that it's "people like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens [who] hurt the cause" for science. Rosenhouse says it's instead years of high-level support for very conservative religious views that has led to an environment where faith has more credibility to the public than does science.

 

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.