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European authorities are scrambling to recover more than €50 million — about $72 million — given to several individuals to fund what turned out to be fake research projects, says Nature News' Quirin Schiermeier. Italian authorities and the European Anti-Fraud Office in Belgium say they are planning to prosecute members of a criminal syndicate that fooled the European Commission into giving them millions of euros for non-existent science projects.

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A small, early-stage trial of a combination therapy for brain cancer reports favorable responses in two patients, according to the Guardian.

Nature News writes that viral genomic surveillance in the US faces systemic issues.

President Joe Biden is seeking an increase in federal spending, including higher budgets for the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In PLOS this week: sex-stratified genome-wide association study of chronic pain, sequencing data from Indigenous Mexican groups, and more.