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'The Pit of Hell'

Representative Paul Broun (R-Ga.), a medical doctor who is on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, told a church group that evolution, embryology, and the Big Bang theory are "lies straight from the pit of hell," reports the Associated Press. Broun's remarks to sportsman's banquet at Liberty Baptist Church in Georgia were videotaped and uploaded by the church to YouTube; the video has since been removed, the Los Angeles Times notes. Broun also said that the Earth is about 9,000 years old and that it was created in six days, the Athens Banner-Herald adds.

Broun's spokesperson, Meredith Griffanti, tells the AP that Broun was speaking off the record about his religious beliefs.

The Scan

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Genetic and other analyses presented in Science find that horses spread to the northern Rockies and Great Plains by the first half of the 17th century.

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Researchers analyze instances of genetic dominance within UK Biobank data, as they report in Science.

Cell Signaling Pathway Identified as Metastasis Suppressor

A new study in Nature homes in on the STING pathway as a suppressor of metastasis in a mouse model of lung cancer.