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Lost and Gone Forever?

Inspired by a Paul Krugman blog post on the institutional loss of knowledge in economics, Mike the Mad Biologist wonders what is being left out in biology courses. He comes up with the neutralist/selectionist debate on genes, the norms of reaction and phenotypic plasticity, and how heritability estimates are environment-dependent. In the comments, his readers add the chemical reaction assumptions behind Lotka-Voltera equation used in population modeling, paleontology, and biodiversity.

The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.