Skip to main content

This Might Count as Preaching to the Choir

Jonathan Eisen has a blog post at The Tree of Life highlighting a paper about intelligent design from the Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology by Mark Farmer and Andrea Habura. "Basically, the article is a detailed discussion of how examples relating to microbial eukaryotes ... that are used by Intelligent Design advocates are, well, BS," Eisen writes. "They go on to discuss examples involving speciation, the fossil record, evolution of drug resistance in Plasmodium, and a few other things," he adds. "In each case they discuss a claim by ID supporters and then discuss evidence for why this claim is not valid. Overall the paper is worth reading if you are involved in any discussions with ID supporters."

The Scan

Not Kept "Clean and Sanitary"

A Food and Drug Administration inspection uncovered problems with cross contamination at an Emergent BioSolutions facility, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Resumption Recommendation Expected

The Washington Post reports that US officials are expected to give the go-ahead to resume using Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Canada's New Budget on Science

Science writes that Canada's new budget includes funding for the life sciences, but not as much as hoped for investigator-driven research.

Nature Papers Examine Single-Cell, Multi-Omic SARS-CoV-2 Response; Flatfish Sequences; More

In Nature this week: single-cell, multi-omics analysis provides insight into COVID-19 pathogenesis, evolution of flatfish, and more.