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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

Could Cost Billions

NBC News reports that the new Alzheimer's disease drug from Biogen could cost Medicare in the US billions of dollars.

Not Quite Sent

The Biden Administration likely won't meet its goal of sending 80 million SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses abroad by the end of the month, according to the Washington Post.

DTC Regulation Proposals

A new report calls on UK policymakers to review direct-to-consumer genetic testing regulations, the Independent reports.

PNAS Papers on Mosquito MicroRNAs, Acute Kidney Injury, Trichothiodystrophy

In PNAS this week: microRNAs involved in Aedes aegypti reproduction, proximal tubule cell response to kidney injury, and more.