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The Office of Research Integrity is taking action against a Columbia University researcher who's accused of 21 instances of scientific misconduct, reports Writedit at Medical Writing, Editing & Grantsmanship. Based on the findings of a Columbia investigation and internal analysis, the ORI has found that Bengu Sezen, a former grad student in the university's chemistry department, engaged in misconduct in federally funded research. Specifically, ORI says she knowingly falsified, fabricated, and plagiarized data reported in three papers as well as her doctoral thesis, according to Writedit. For the next five years, Bengu will not be eligible for any contracting or subcontracting with the US government, and she is prohibited from serving in any advisory capacity to the US Public Health Service, Writedit reports, adding, "I wonder what Columbia does/did about the degree itself."

The Scan

Tens of Millions Saved

The Associated Press writes that vaccines against COVID-19 saved an estimated 20 million lives in their first year.

Supersized Bacterium

NPR reports that researchers have found and characterized a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye.

Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.