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So Honesty Really Is the Best Policy

Ethics in science comes down to accuracy and honesty, says Janet Stemwedel over at Adventures in Ethics and Science. If people are fudging or "massaging" data, for whatever reason, then the information they present and add to the common well of knowledge is suspect. "Honesty and ethical practice matter a lot because without them the community can't build a body of reliable knowledge," blogs Stemwedel. "And if you have to spend all your time worried about people who are cheating -- and worried about the "findings" they're putting into the shared knowledge pool -- that cuts into the time you have to enjoy solving problems, discovering something new, and getting a better understanding of how things work."

The Scan

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.