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A Twist on the "If You Can't Beat Them" Axiom

Larry Moran has a post at Sandwalk commenting on Michael Behe's recent reaction to a Nature paper from noted evolutionary biologist Richard Lenski. "Of the many scientists who are trying to understand evolution, Richard Lenski stands out for his experimental approach," Moran writes. "He has maintained stocks of E. coli growing under stressful conditions for over 40,000 generations."

What surprised Moran most was Behe's reaction, which was not (as some might expect) to discredit the paper, but rather to hijack its findings as support of intelligent design. "Lenski’s decades-long work lines up wonderfully with what an ID person would expect," Behe writes. "For his work in this area we should be very grateful. It gives us solid results to point to, rather than having to debate speculative scenarios."

That outcome has Moran virtually speechless. "I don't think I need to comment on such stupidity," he concludes.

The Scan

Boosters Chasing Variants

The New York Times reports that an FDA advisory panel is to weigh updated booster vaccines for COVID-19.

Not Yet

The World Health Organization says monkeypox is not yet a global emergency, the Washington Post reports.

More Proposed for Federal Research

Science reports that US House of Representatives panels are seeking to increase federal research funding.

PLOS Papers on Breast Cancer Metastasis, Left-Sided Cardiac Defects, SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring

In PLOS this week: link between breast cancer metastasis and CLIC4, sequencing analysis of left-sided cardiac defects, and more.