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Morally Bankrupt? Blame Biology!

The uproar we normally hear from certain sectors when scientists delve into evolutionary biology may pale in comparison to response about the latest studies from researchers who think they can explain morality with biology, too.

An article in the Wall Street Journal today explores research from neuroscientists at Caltech, Harvard, and the University of Southern California. The findings indicate that "these impulsive convictions come not from conscious principles but from the brain trying to make its emotional judgment felt," according to the article.

 

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.