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It's Cool, Really, We Promise

To show students in rural areas of the US that science is cool, biologists from the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in Durham, NC, set out to bring Darwin Day activities to 19 schools in Virginia, Nebraska, Montana, and Iowa, reports The New York Times. The scientists were met with some skepticism from both scientists and the school communities. "You want to send evolutionary biologists out to rural America?" the center's Craig McClain recalls thinking. "On purpose?" At the schools, the biologists went through a "delicate process" to negotiate their visit with school officials who were nervous about the scientists' ideological intentions. In the end, the traveling band of scientists says what it found was curiosity from the students. "I had imagined that these periods in the auditorium would be cold and boring," Shae Carter, an Iowan 10th grader, tells the Times. "But I liked it."

The Scan

For Better Odds

Bloomberg reports that a child has been born following polygenic risk score screening as an embryo.

Booster Decision Expected

The New York Times reports the US Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine this week for individuals over 65 or at high risk.

Snipping HIV Out

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Temple University researchers are to test a gene-editing approach for treating HIV.

PLOS Papers on Cancer Risk Scores, Typhoid Fever in Colombia, Streptococcus Protection

In PLOS this week: application of cancer polygenic risk scores across ancestries, genetic diversity of typhoid fever-causing Salmonella, and more.