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A Program for a New Leaf

There's a new program called Restoring Professionalism and Integrity in Research, or RePAIR, aimed at trying to rehabilitate researchers "who have engaged in wrongdoing or unprofessional behavior," a blog post at the Office of Research Integrity's webpage says. According to ORI, the RePAIR program includes "an intense period of intervention, with multiple participants from different institutions who spend several days together at a neutral site, followed by a lengthy period of follow up activities back at their home institution.

While ORI cannot formally endorse the program, the post notes that "ORI staff do find RePAIR an intriguing and high-minded experiment."

At his blog, DrugMonkey says that he "[likes] the idea of experimenting. But I have to admit I'm skeptical." He writes that he thinks that many instances of academic misconduct are not "done out of ignorance," but are due to people being "desperate and/or weak and [allowing] the pressures of this career path to nudge them down the slippery slope." That, DrugMonkey adds, cannot be fixed by such a short program.

The Scan

Tens of Millions Saved

The Associated Press writes that vaccines against COVID-19 saved an estimated 20 million lives in their first year.

Supersized Bacterium

NPR reports that researchers have found and characterized a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye.

Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.