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There Goes Evolution

A petition from the Society for Textbook Revise to remove mentions of evolution from high-school textbooks in South Korea has gained traction, reports Nature. The Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology says that publishers are producing revised textbooks that no longer discuss "the evolution of the horse or of avian ancestor Archaeopteryx," Nature says. In addition to that campaign, the Society for Textbook Revise, which grew out of the Korea Association for Creation Research, is also pushing for removal of content related to human evolution and finch beak adaptation. Nature adds that a 2009 survey of South Koreans, done as part of a documentary called The Era of God and Darwin, found that about one-third of respondents did not accept evolution.

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.