Why spend hundreds of thousands of dollars and years of your life in colleges and uiversities to get your PhD in order to become an expert in a scientific field, conduct research, and get it published? For the relatively modest fee of $300, some journals will add your name as an author on scientific papers, even if you had nothing whatsoever to do with it, reports Retraction Watch.

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A settlement is expected in a Duke University lawsuit hinging on using falsified data to win grants, Retraction Watch and Science report.

In PNAS this week: approach for analyzing the expression of endogenous retroviruses, circular RNAs that influence host-virus interactions, and more.

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