The Chronicle of Higher Education's Paul Basken reports NIH is proposing tougher conflict of interest rules for any researchers it backs. The new rule would mean that researchers getting financial backing from industry must disclose anything they receive above $5,000; the current reporting level is set at $10,000. The new rule would also require universities to give NIH details of plans to reduce their staff members' conflicts of interest, Basken says.

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