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The Florida Board of Education passed new science standards on a 4-3 vote, writes Joshua Rosenau at Thoughts From Kansas. Board members rejected a proposal by religious groups that would have teachers emphasize "critical analysis" of evolution, but they did accommodate the God-fearing: at the last minute, they decided to add the word "scientific theory of" before various terms, including plate tectonics, atomic theory, cell theory, and evolution.

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Italy has held talks with vaccine developers to manufacture mRNA-based SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, according to the Financial Times.

The Associated Press reports US officials are removing restrictions on fetal tissue research that were added during the Trump Administration.

The Biden Administration is investing $1.7 billion to detect and monitor SARS-CoV-2 variants.

In PLOS this week: genome instability in Aicardi-Goutières Syndrome, introduction of SARS-CoV-2 to the Colombian Amazon, and more.