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Third Time's A Charm On Misconduct The scientific community learns from its mistakes in investigating allegations of misconduct - but not very quickly, says former NIH director James Wyngaarden. Wyngaarden, speaking last month at a luncheon sponsored by a National Academy of Sciences panel examining responsible conduct in research, says that he's developed a rule of thumb that predicts how institutions are likely to handle scientific misconduct by their faculty. "They blow it the first time," h

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Third Time's A Charm On Misconduct
The scientific community learns from its mistakes in investigating allegations of misconduct - but not very quickly, says former NIH director James Wyngaarden. Wyngaarden, speaking last month at a luncheon sponsored by a National Academy of Sciences panel examining responsible conduct in research, says that he's developed a rule of thumb that predicts how institutions are likely to handle scientific misconduct by their faculty. "They blow it the first time," he says. "The second case they do passably well. And the third time they do a really good job."

NIH Tries To Keep Up With Itself
NIH is rounding up a dozen "philosopher kings" to help it forecast the future of biomedical research. The idea, says Jay Moskowitz, NIH associate director for science policy and legislation, is to identify "generic, cross-cutting themes and directions" for the institutes to pursue, along with the resources that...

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