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There Must Be People Who Would Support Teaching Alchemy

The University of California, Irvine's evolutionary biologist and geneticist Francisco Ayala has a new book out called Darwin's Gift to Science and Religion -- and Jonathan Eisen is relieved that someone besides Francis Collins is discussing religion and science. In the New York Times, Ayala, a former Dominican priest from Spain, says he is surprised by the number of Americans who think that believing in evolution rules out believing in God. Ayala also dismisses teaching intelligent design or creationism alongside biology. "We don't teach alchemy along with chemistry," he says.

The Scan

Renewed Gain-of-Function Worries

The New York Times writes that the pandemic is renewing concerns about gain-of-function research.

Who's Getting the Patents?

A trio of researchers has analyzed gender trends in biomedical patents issued between 1976 and 2010 in the US, New Scientist reports.

Other Uses

CBS Sunday Morning looks at how mRNA vaccine technology could be applied beyond SARS-CoV-2.

PLOS Papers Present Analysis of Cervicovaginal Microbiome, Glycosylation in Model Archaea, More

In PLOS this week: functional potential of the cervicovaginal microbiome, glycosylation patterns in model archaea, and more.