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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

Boosters Chasing Variants

The New York Times reports that an FDA advisory panel is to weigh updated booster vaccines for COVID-19.

Not Yet

The World Health Organization says monkeypox is not yet a global emergency, the Washington Post reports.

More Proposed for Federal Research

Science reports that US House of Representatives panels are seeking to increase federal research funding.

PLOS Papers on Breast Cancer Metastasis, Left-Sided Cardiac Defects, SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring

In PLOS this week: link between breast cancer metastasis and CLIC4, sequencing analysis of left-sided cardiac defects, and more.