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Science versus the Humanities

Uncertain Principle's Chad Orzel takes on an article in Harper's' on the roles of science and the humanities in education to task. According to the Columbia Journalism Review, the article says that the "sciences are unlikely to produce 'the kinds of citizens necessary to the survival of a democratic society.'" Orzel says this attitude is common and describes it as: "the Humanities are responsible for all that is good about human culture, while Science is an alien invention that is cold and aloof and brings as much ill as good." Instead, he argues that science is what makes us human. "Art and poetry is nice and all, but without science, we'd be hairless apes shivering in caves, hoping the lions don't get us," he writes.

PZ Myers at Pharyngula points out an article in Evolution: Education and Outreach that assess the scientific curricula across US states. In it, researchers from the National Center for Science Education base their evaluation on biological evolution, geological evolution, cosmology, and how the life, earth, and space sciences are connected. A's were handed out to nine states and DC.

The Scan

NFTs for Genome Sharing

Nature News writes that non-fungible tokens could be a way for people to profit from sharing genomic data.

Wastewater Warning System

Time magazine writes that cities and college campuses are monitoring sewage for SARS-CoV-2, an approach officials hope lasts beyond COVID-19.

Networks to Boost Surveillance

Scientific American writes that new organizations and networks aim to improve the ability of developing countries to conduct SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance.

Genome Biology Papers on Gastric Cancer Epimutations, BUTTERFLY, GUNC Tool

In Genome Biology this week: recurrent epigenetic mutations in gastric cancer, correction tool for unique molecular identifier-based assays, and more.