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Removed from the Record

The University of Ala­bama at Birmingham has asked that nine research papers from researcher H.M. Krishna Murthy be retracted, reports The Birmingham News. The findings of these papers — one of which appeared in the Journal of Biological Chemistry and has already been retracted — are apparently fabricated or false. The university began an investigation into Murthy in 2007 and "found a preponderance of evidence" that 11 protein structures had been fabricated. The school is also asking the Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics Protein Data Bank to remove the structures from its database. "Scientific misconduct is absolutely unacceptable," said UAB's vice president for re­search and economic de­velopment Richard Marchase in a statement.

The Scan

Booster for At-Risk

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for people 65 and older or at increased risk.

Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post.

Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia

In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.