New Rules

The Obama administration released long-awaited scientific integrity guidelines on Friday that aim to prevent political influence on scientific research conducted by government agencies, The New York Times reports. "Under the guidelines, government scientists are in general free to speak to journalists and the public about their work, and agencies are prohibited from editing or suppressing reports by independent advisory committees," the Times says.

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