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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

Transcriptomic, Epigenetic Study Appears to Explain Anti-Viral Effects of TB Vaccine

Researchers report in Science Advances on an interferon signature and long-term shifts in monocyte cell DNA methylation in Bacille Calmette-Guérin-vaccinated infant samples.

DNA Storage Method Taps Into Gene Editing Technology

With a dual-plasmid system informed by gene editing, researchers re-wrote DNA sequences in E. coli to store Charles Dickens prose over hundreds of generations, as they recount in Science Advances.

Researchers Model Microbiome Dynamics in Effort to Understand Chronic Human Conditions

Investigators demonstrate in PLOS Computational Biology a computational method for following microbiome dynamics in the absence of longitudinally collected samples.

New Study Highlights Role of Genetics in ADHD

Researchers report in Nature Genetics on differences in genetic architecture between ADHD affecting children versus ADHD that persists into adulthood or is diagnosed in adults.