Back in 2009, US President Barack Obama asked John Holdren, the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, to issue guidances on policies for scientific integrity for federal agencies. "This has been a drawn out process mired in inaction and delays since President Obama made his request for the guidelines more than 2 years ago," says guest blogger Jamie Vernon at the Intersection.

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The president of France's National Research Agency has resigned, according to Nature News.

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