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Rehashing the Evolution Debate

Sam Brownback, the Republican senator from Kansas, penned an op-ed piece in today's New York Times clarifying his thoughts on evolution. Brownback rejects evolution (though he is fine with microevolution) that argues that people came about as a quirk of fate, rather than through divine causality, and says that argument is "atheistic theology posing as science." In reasoned discussions of the origin of people, Brownback says he wants room for faith, philosophy, and theology.

The Scan

mRNA-Based Vaccine on the Way in China

China may soon have its own mRNA-based vaccine, according to Nature News.

Arranged Killing, Fraud Alleged by Prosecutors

The Wall Street Journal reports that prosecutors allege that the co-founder of a biotech arranged to have a business associate who threatened to expose him as a fraud killed.

Whirlwind Decade of CRISPR

The New York Times looks back at the 10 years since the University of California, Berkeley's Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues published their CRISPR paper.

PNAS Papers on Blue Cone Monochromacy Structural Variants, HIV-1 Mutant, T-ALL

In PNAS this week: structural variants linked to blue cone monochromacy, HIV-1 variants affecting the matrix protein p17, and more.