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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

Vaccine Update Recommended

A US Food and Drug Administration panel recommends booster vaccines be updated to target Omicron, CNBC reports.

US to Make More Vaccines for Monkeypox Available

The US is to make nearly 300,000 vaccine doses available in the coming weeks to stem the spread of human monkeypox virus, according to NPR.

Sentence Appealed

The Associated Press reports that Swedish prosecutors are appealing the sentence given to a surgeon once lauded for transplanting synthetic tracheas but then convicted of causing bodily harm.

Genome Biology Papers on COVID-19 Effector Genes, Virtual ChIP-seq, scDART

In Genome Biology this week: proposed COVID-19 effector genes, method to predict transcription factor binding patterns, and more.