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EU presidency: Romanian research minister questions evolution

Ad Astra Association, Bucharest, Romania.
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Romania currently holds the presidency of the European Union. Alarmed that the minister responsible for research in our nation, Nicolae Hurduc, questions evolutionary theory (see, for example, go.nature.com/2ks6ckp; go.nature.com/2uqn7g2), we took action.

Our association, Ad Astra, promotes high-quality research in Romania and therefore we sought the advice of eight evolutionary biologists to help counter any resulting public misunderstanding (see go.nature.com/2wz96ph). We issued a press release explaining the compelling scientific evidence for the theory of evolution by natural selection and the clear scientific consensus that humans and chimpanzees share a common ancestor (see go.nature.com/2ugpirw).

With Romania’s scientific community, and society in general, starting to recover three decades on from the collapse of communism, we find the research minister’s views unacceptable.

Nature 568, 316 (2019)

doi: 10.1038/d41586-019-01208-4
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