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Evolution by Any Other Name: Antibiotic Resistance and Avoidance of the E-Word

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  • Published: February 13, 2007
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0050030

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"To avoid controversy"

Posted by plosbiology on 07 May 2009 at 22:15 GMT

Author: Steven Poole
Position: Author, "Unspeak"
Institution: Paris
Submitted Date: February 28, 2007
Published Date: March 2, 2007
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The possibility that national scientific bodies have actively discouraged use of the word "evolution" is alarming: in a way similar to certain institutional edicts against use of the phrase "global warming". In neither case is there a real controversy of the type the denialists (here, presumably, the "Intelligent Design" cult) claim. As the authors point out, this has important implications for public education. I have written a longer comment here:

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