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Despite the Patchy Writing, Darwin's Pretty Smart

It's only admitted in whispers that most biologists have never read Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species," says Olivia Judson in a post at the New York Times. It's boring, they say. Judson admits that Darwin's writing was "patchy" -- at its best describing the natural world and "tortuous" when discussing genetics. "So, the difficulties notwithstanding, there are many reasons to tackle the 'Origin,'" she writes. "Reasons above and beyond the fact that it is one of the most important books ever written, and central to our culture. But to me, perhaps the most important is that reading the 'Origin' is a window into a mind. A rich and fertile mind, with a holistic view of nature."

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.