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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

Genome Sequences Reveal Range Mutations in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Researchers in Nature Genetics detect somatic mutation variation across iPSCs generated from blood or skin fibroblast cell sources, along with selection for BCOR gene mutations.

Researchers Reprogram Plant Roots With Synthetic Genetic Circuit Strategy

Root gene expression was altered with the help of genetic circuits built around a series of synthetic transcriptional regulators in the Nicotiana benthamiana plant in a Science paper.

Infectious Disease Tracking Study Compares Genome Sequencing Approaches

Researchers in BMC Genomics see advantages for capture-based Illumina sequencing and amplicon-based sequencing on the Nanopore instrument, depending on the situation or samples available.

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.