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Darwin, Reviewed

In the New York Times Sunday Book Review, Christopher Benfey reviews two new books on Charles Darwin. According to Benfey, Adrian Desmond and James Moore say in Darwin's Sacred Cause: How a Hatred of Slavery Shaped Darwin's Views on Human Evolution that Darwin argued "for the unitary origin and hence 'brotherhood' of all human beings." In Angels and Ages: A Short Book About Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life, Adam Gopnik compares the two men (born on the same day) and how "their seemingly unpoetic backgrounds in legal argument and natural history, invented 'a new kind of eloquence' that we still use for 'the way we live now and the way we talk at home and in public.'"

The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.