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Caught!

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

Billions for Antivirals

The US is putting $3.2 billion toward a program to develop antivirals to treat COVID-19 in its early stages, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.