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Not So 'Pristine'

A recent meta-analysis in PLoS One from Daniele Fanelli tries to put a number on how many scientists fake data or lie about their work, says In the Pipeline's Derek Lowe. The analysis says about 2 percent of researchers admit to doing shady things with their data. But the study's author also speculates on the reasons behind such malfeasance, suggesting it's perhaps due to financial pressures or lack of self-awareness.

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The US Food and Drug Administration is to announce stricter standards for emergency authorizations of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, reports the Washington Post.

The Associated Press reports Johnson & Johnson is starting a late-stage clinical trial of its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Bloomberg reports the budget of Operation Warp Speed is actually $18 billion, higher than the number typically cited.

In Genome Research this week: genomic analysis reveals role of super-spreaders in SARS-CoV-2, epigenetic drivers of cancer, and more.