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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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Moderna says it would be able to quickly update its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine to address new genetic variants if needed, MIT's Technology Review reports.

Johnson & Johnson reports interim results from a Phase 1/2 study of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in the New England Journal of Medicine, according to Bloomberg.

Investigators from the World Health Organization have arrived in China to look into the origins of SARS-CoV-2, NPR reports.

In Nature this week: a new method for high-throughput amplicon sequencing, and more.