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Somewhere, the Britannica Folks Are Having a Party

You're always supposed to take what you read on Wikipedia with a grain of salt, but for this you might need a whole salt block. Word got out recently that a high-ranking contributor on Wiki who claimed to be a tenured professor was instead a 24-year-old college dropout. Wiki founder Jimmy Wales says that a new plan will be implemented allowing contributors to remain anonymous but providing a voluntary option to verify their credentials.

 

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.