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Learning to Love Evolution

Marking Darwin's 200th birthday on February 12th, Philip Kitcher has written a review of evolutionary geneticist Jerry Coyne's latest book, Why Evolution Is True, in which Coyne tries to persuade his readers that the theory of evolution is true. "As public-opinion surveys reveal, most of our countrymen have grave doubts about the truth of Darwin's theory," Kitcher writes in the Wall Street Journal, and he’s doubtful that even a book as well argued as Coyne's can change the fact that for many Americans, believing in evolution is the equivalent of rejecting religious morality. Still, Kitcher says, "whether or not he succeeds in bringing Americans en masse to learn to love evolution, he has offered Darwin a splendid birthday present."

The Scan

CDC Calls Delta "Variant of Concern"

CNN reports the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now considers the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 to be a "variant of concern."

From FDA to Venture Capital

Former FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn is taking a position at a venture capital firm, leading some ethicists to raise eyebrows, according to the Washington Post.

Consent Questions

Nature News writes that there are questions whether informed consent was obtained for some submissions to a database of Y-chromosome profiles.

Cell Studies on Multimodal Single-Cell Analysis, Coronaviruses in Bats, Urban Microbiomes

In Cell this week: approach to analyze multimodal single-cell genomic data, analysis of bat coronaviruses, and more.