Katalin Karikó’s work on messenger RNA helped enable the development of the Pfizer–BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. But early in her career, the biochemist says, she suffered a setback when her name was taken off a manuscript that was in press. She explains that her supervisor paid the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences $150 to remove her name after learning that Karikó had tried to get a job at another lab. “This is why I do not have a PNAS paper,” says Karikó, who is currently at the University of Pennsylvania. According to a new survey, she may be right. The full article was published by Physics Today Magazine.