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Tweaking, or Falsifying?

An investigation at the University of Minnesota concludes that a 2001 paper on stem cells from Catherine Verfaillie's lab, and published in Blood, contained falsified images, reports the Associated Press. The investigation cleared Verfaillie of wrongdoing but says she provided "inadequate training and oversight" to her graduate student, Morayma Reyes. According to Reyes, the panel said she falsified data since she adjusted the brightness and contrast of the images contained in the paper. Reyes adds at the time she did the research, that was standard practice, but the standards have now changed and the panel judged her on the new standards.

The Scan

Renewed Gain-of-Function Worries

The New York Times writes that the pandemic is renewing concerns about gain-of-function research.

Who's Getting the Patents?

A trio of researchers has analyzed gender trends in biomedical patents issued between 1976 and 2010 in the US, New Scientist reports.

Other Uses

CBS Sunday Morning looks at how mRNA vaccine technology could be applied beyond SARS-CoV-2.

PLOS Papers Present Analysis of Cervicovaginal Microbiome, Glycosylation in Model Archaea, More

In PLOS this week: functional potential of the cervicovaginal microbiome, glycosylation patterns in model archaea, and more.