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How to Make Scientists Cringe: Compliment Their Faith

If the New York Times was looking to stir up debate, it couldn't have done better than printing this op-ed piece from Paul Davies, director of a research center at Arizona State University. Davies makes the case that "both religion and science are founded on faith — namely, on belief in the existence of something outside the universe, like an unexplained God or an unexplained set of physical laws," according to the essay.

Naturally, any claim that science is driven by faith is sure to rankle a good number of people in the scientific community. Here's a blog post from Alex Palazzo at Harvard Medical School. Not only does he take Davies to task, but he seems to take great delight in dissecting the essay and pointing out its weaknesses and flaws. "Don't tell us that we practice witchcraft," he concludes.

The Scan

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.