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Pretty, But Wrong

As his pen name Harun Yahya, Adnan Oktar sent a cargo-container-load of his book "Atlas of Creation" to scientists around the country and to members of Congress, reports the New York Times. As the book turned up in mailboxes unsolicited, sometimes to the whole life sciences department, many recipients seemed perplexed – the beautifully illustrated book is "a load of crap," says Berkeley biologist Kevin Padian in this 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.