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Critical Scrutiny

There are a few ways to reduce research misconduct, writes Brendan Maher at the Nature News blog. Maher helped host a panel discussion for a Science Online NYC event Tuesday night that focused on the increased rates of retracted papers in recent years. The Office of Research Integrity's John Krueger notes that while there has been an increase in retractions, that does not mean that there has been a rise in misconduct. Instead, papers are subjected to more scrutiny, Maher writes. Indeed, Liz Williams, the executive editor of the Journal of Cell Biology, said that her journal has a full-time person to check figures from accepted papers for signs of manipulation. Further, Retraction Watch's Ivan Oransky added that both readers and the community are also looking at papers with critical eyes.

The Scan

Fertility Fraud Found

Consumer genetic testing has uncovered cases of fertility fraud that are leading to lawsuits, according to USA Today.

Ties Between Vigorous Exercise, ALS in Genetically At-Risk People

Regular strenuous exercise could contribute to motor neuron disease development among those already at genetic risk, Sky News reports.

Test Warning

The Guardian writes that the US regulators have warned against using a rapid COVID-19 test that is a key part of mass testing in the UK.

Science Papers Examine Feedback Mechanism Affecting Xist, Continuous Health Monitoring for Precision Medicine

In Science this week: analysis of cis confinement of the X-inactive specific transcript, and more.