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No Need to Write That Dissertation, a Check Will Do

A German law professor was sentenced to three and a half years in prison and a €75,000 fine for accepting bribes to help doctorate students receive their degree, according to Writedit at the Medical Writing, Editing & Grantsmanship blog. A related AP story adds that more than 100 other professors are also being investigated, as is the Institute for Scientific Consulting, which allegedly acted as the intermediary between the professors and the students. "I had no idea there was a cottage industry helping grad students obtain their PhDs," Writedit blogs.

The Scan

CDC Calls Delta "Variant of Concern"

CNN reports the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now considers the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 to be a "variant of concern."

From FDA to Venture Capital

Former FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn is taking a position at a venture capital firm, leading some ethicists to raise eyebrows, according to the Washington Post.

Consent Questions

Nature News writes that there are questions whether informed consent was obtained for some submissions to a database of Y-chromosome profiles.

Cell Studies on Multimodal Single-Cell Analysis, Coronaviruses in Bats, Urban Microbiomes

In Cell this week: approach to analyze multimodal single-cell genomic data, analysis of bat coronaviruses, and more.