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When Your Work's Been Plagiarized

A researcher writes to Janet Stemwedel to ask what he should do after finding out that his work has been plagiarized. The reader, Doug writes that part of his thesis appeared in a journal article and he wrote to the journal but hasn't heard back. Stemwedel advises him to send a letter to the chair of the editorial advisory board and to carbon-copy that letter to his thesis advisor. "Basically, you want to lay out what you did in the email, possibly including a printout of the article with the plagiarism and a photocopy of your actual thesis, highlighting the lifted passages," she says.

The Scan

CDC Calls Delta "Variant of Concern"

CNN reports the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now considers the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 to be a "variant of concern."

From FDA to Venture Capital

Former FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn is taking a position at a venture capital firm, leading some ethicists to raise eyebrows, according to the Washington Post.

Consent Questions

Nature News writes that there are questions whether informed consent was obtained for some submissions to a database of Y-chromosome profiles.

Cell Studies on Multimodal Single-Cell Analysis, Coronaviruses in Bats, Urban Microbiomes

In Cell this week: approach to analyze multimodal single-cell genomic data, analysis of bat coronaviruses, and more.