It turned out last week that scientists have been wrong for 350 years about how sperm swim.
The student, who attends a public university, is worried about how this kind of indoctrination bodes for the future. I am too.
Perhaps in ten years we’ll be having this conversation again — and perhaps at that time the Smithsonian Institution will give us all a more objective analysis of the evidence.
With permission from John West and Sarah Chaffee, here is the full text of their interview with staff writer Olga Khazan.
A pair of new articles in Nature Genetics acknowledge just how widespread ERV and retrotransposon functionality is.