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A New Integrity Chief

David Wright is to be the new head of the Office of Research Integrity at the US Department of Health and Human Services come January, reports ScienceInsider. The office supervises research integrity activities for most of the Public Health Service, including the National Institutes of Health. Wright is a science historian at Michigan State University, and ScienceInsider notes that he was the university's research integrity officer from 1993 to 2004 and has served as a consultant to ORI since 2001. "I have done it [research integrity] at the institutional level and consulted with the feds. I have a great deal of respect for the work [ORI] does," Wright tells ScienceInsider.

He succeeds Don Wright, who has been the office's acting director since 2009 when Chris Pascal retired.

The Scan

Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.

Unfair Targeting

Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases.

Limited Rapid Testing

The New York Times wonders why rapid tests for COVID-19 are not widely available in the US.

Genome Research Papers on IPAFinder, Structural Variant Expression Effects, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Markers

In Genome Research this week: IPAFinder method to detect intronic polyadenylation, influence of structural variants on gene expression, and more.