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But It Frees Up Two More Weeks to Teach Them How to Tell Gneiss from Schist

Olivia Judson's got a bee in her bonnet -- and the real question seems to be whether that bee was created in seven days or evolved over time from some ancestor insect.

In her op-ed in the New York Times, Judson predicts that this coming school year will see even more battles over teaching evolution and/or intelligent design. "A common consequence of the arguments is that evolution gets dropped from the curriculum entirely," she writes. "This is a travesty." Judson offers several reasons that evolution is a necessary part of science class -- GTO's favorite is a somewhat philosophical one about "the development of an attitude toward evidence," as she puts it. "A society where ideology is a substitute for evidence can go badly awry."

 

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.