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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

Boosters Chasing Variants

The New York Times reports that an FDA advisory panel is to weigh updated booster vaccines for COVID-19.

Not Yet

The World Health Organization says monkeypox is not yet a global emergency, the Washington Post reports.

More Proposed for Federal Research

Science reports that US House of Representatives panels are seeking to increase federal research funding.

PLOS Papers on Breast Cancer Metastasis, Left-Sided Cardiac Defects, SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring

In PLOS this week: link between breast cancer metastasis and CLIC4, sequencing analysis of left-sided cardiac defects, and more.