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They Left Out the Chapter on the Flying Spaghetti Monster

The University of California, Irvine's Francisco Ayala highlights the main themes of the recently released Science, Evolution, and Creationism in a PNAS editorial. The new book, he says, is divvied into three chapters: on the process of evolution and science as a discipline, evidence for evolution from multiple disciplines, and an examination of creationism and intelligent design, to highlight the scientific and legal reasons they should not be taught in public school science classes. Ayala says that the book aims to answer questions from people who are skeptical about evolution or who wonder if evolution is compatible with their religion.

The Scan

Gone, But Now Reconstructed SARS-CoV-2 Genomes

In a preprint, a researcher describes his recovery of viral sequences that had been removed from a common database.

Rare Heart Inflammation Warning

The Food and Drug Administration is adding a warning about links between a rare inflammatory heart condition and two SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, Reuters reports.

Sandwich Sampling

The New York Times sent tuna sandwiches for PCR analysis.

Nature Papers Describe Gut Viruses, New Format for Storing Quantitative Genomic Data, More

In Nature this week: catalog of DNA viruses of the human gut microbiome, new dense depth data dump format to store quantitative genomic data, and more.