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Unsung Work

There's a discussion thread over in The Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities' forum on acknowledging a core facility's input to a project. The discussion kicked off when a core facility manager wrote in saying that her core had helped with the design, execution, and analysis of an experiment, yet the resulting paper said that graduate students had designed and done the work; it did also say that a core was involved. One suggestion to solve this problem was to get all that straightened out upfront, before any work is done or even during the grant application process. Many of the commenters on the thread say this is common, but that core managers should speak up. "If this is a post-doc or grad student learning from their PI that this is acceptable behavior, that is bad especially in this day and age," writes in Deb McMillen.

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.