Reiterating its view that the central concept of modern biology is evolution, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and its Institute of Medicine stated emphatically in a report released Thursday that evolution, and not creationism, must be taught in U.S. public-school science classes. "Evolution is supported by abundant evidence from many different fields of scientific investigation," the report states, adding: "Science and religion are different ways of understanding the world. Needlessly placing them in opposition reduces the potential of each to contribute to a better future."

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