In case you missed it, I had a story on the front page of the Toronto Star yesterday looking at a corruption probe into allegations pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca's sponsorship of Nobel Award publicity companies influenced the awarding of the prize for medicine this year.
At this point, the investigation by Swedish anti-corruption prosecutors is still looking into whether a full investigation is needed. As they described it to me, everything at this stage is "very preliminary."
Part of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded this fall to Harald zur Hausen, a German scientist who discovered the links between human papilloma viruses and cervical cancer. The discovery could be a financial bonanza for AstraZeneca, which holds the patents on ingredients in the vaccines used to fight the viruses.
Officials at AstraZeneca and Nobel have denied any wrongdoing.
Prosecutors are also looking onto free trips to China for awards judges.