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Francis Collins' "Scientific and Scriptural Truth"

With funding from the John Templeton Foundation, Francis Collins has launched a new foundation called BioLogos, which "promotes the search for truth in both the natural and spiritual realms, and seeks to harmonize these different perspectives." Collins hopes to show Christians, particularly evangelicals, that faith and science are compatible. For example, he tells Time magazine that Christians should consider the book of Genesis "not as a book about science but about the nature of God and the nature of humans. Evolution gives us the 'how,' but we need the Bible to understand the 'why' of our creation." The website answers questions ranging from "Can scientific and scriptural truth be reconciled?" to "Was there death before the Fall?"

Jonathan Eisen says he looked at the BioLogos website with "some horror." "Science (and medicine) should be about, well, science. And religion can be about whatever it wants to be. … But merging the two together into one hybrid such as Christian Science and Creation Science? Not for me," he writes. Larry Moran and PZ Myers also weigh in.

The Scan

Booster for At-Risk

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for people over 65 or at increased risk.

Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post.

Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia

In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.