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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

Tens of Millions Saved

The Associated Press writes that vaccines against COVID-19 saved an estimated 20 million lives in their first year.

Supersized Bacterium

NPR reports that researchers have found and characterized a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye.

Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.