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If the US is Going To Fall Behind, Might As Well Go All Out

The Institute for Creation Research in Texas has applied to run a master's course in life science education, to train middle and secondary teachers for "private schools that select or invite a creation science perspective," according to its website. Greg Laden reports on a survey done by the Texas Freedom Network which asked 881 science faculty members if the Texas Higher Education Board should certify this program; 95 percent of respondents oppose its certification. Frank Pezold, from Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, wrote, "In our race to keep America current and at the forefront of modern science and technology, it is critical that we do not add any self-imposed hurdles."

Not to be outdone, Florida's Academic Freedom Bill, which is supposed to allow science teachers to critically discuss evolution in their classrooms, has passed. Tulane's William Gunn, however, blogs that "the one and only purpose of this is to teach creationism to public school children."

 

The Scan

Wastewater Warning System

Time magazine writes that cities and college campuses are monitoring sewage for SARS-CoV-2, an approach officials hope lasts beyond COVID-19.

Networks to Boost Surveillance

Scientific American writes that new organizations and networks aim to improve the ability of developing countries to conduct SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance.

Genome Biology Papers on Gastric Cancer Epimutations, BUTTERFLY, GUNC Tool

In Genome Biology this week: recurrent epigenetic mutations in gastric cancer, correction tool for unique molecular identifier-based assays, and more.

Could Cost Billions

NBC News reports that the new Alzheimer's disease drug from Biogen could cost Medicare in the US billions of dollars.