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Harris Is on a Roll

Sam Harris apparently didn't have enough space in the New York Times to discuss what he sees as Francis Collins' failings, so he continues on in this article at the Online Journal. In this, he says Collins' The Language of God is "nothing less than an intellectual suicide" and goes on to discuss scientific illiteracy in the United States and the role that religion plays in that illiteracy.

Collins was confirmed as NIH director last Friday.

The Scan

Study Finds Few FDA Post-Market Regulatory Actions Backed by Research, Public Assessments

A Yale University-led team examines in The BMJ safety signals from the US FDA Adverse Event Reporting System and whether they led to regulatory action.

Duke University Team Develops Programmable RNA Tool for Cell Editing

Researchers have developed an RNA-based editing tool that can target specific cells, as they describe in Nature.

Novel Gene Editing Approach for Treating Cystic Fibrosis

Researchers in Science Advances report on their development of a non-nuclease-based gene editing approach they hope to apply to treat cystic fibrosis.

Study Tracks Responses in Patients Pursuing Polygenic Risk Score Profiling

Using interviews, researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics qualitatively assess individuals' motivations for, and experiences with, direct-to-consumer polygenic risk score testing.