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A Defense of Dawkins

Over at Evolving Thoughts, John Wilkins blogs about the Vatican conference on evolution. On the bright side, he notes, "nobody questions that evolution occurs, and it is asserted that faith and science cannot conflict (which means, therefore, that faith will have to adapt to science, since science changes only in response to the evidence)." There's a lot of discussion, though, about whether evolution (or the belief in it?) breeds atheism, with heavy leaning on misinterpreted passages by Dawkins to make the point. "It is noteworthy that the false reading of Dawkins is being promoted by the Catholic hierarchy," Wilkins writes. "It no doubt helps them, both politically with their audience and personally, to think that he says that evolution proves there is no God." Check out the post for a nice deconstruction of what Dawkins really meant.

The Scan

Another Resignation

According to the Wall Street Journal, a third advisory panel member has resigned following the US Food and Drug Administration's approval of an Alzheimer's disease drug.

Novavax Finds Its Vaccine Effective

Reuters reports Novavax's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19.

Can't Be Used

The US Food and Drug Administration says millions of vaccine doses made at an embattled manufacturing facility cannot be used, the New York Times reports.

PLOS Papers on Frozen Shoulder GWAS, Epstein-Barr Effects on Immune Cell Epigenetics, More

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of frozen shoulder, epigenetic patterns of Epstein-Barr-infected B lymphocyte cells, and more.