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"Running Out of Patience"

Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) is continuing his investigation into ghostwritten scientific papers and is, as the New York Times reports, "running out of patience." Last week, Grassley sent a letter to then-acting director of the National Institutes of Health, Raynard Kington, asking about NIH's policies regarding ghostwriting and NIH researchers and grantees. (The Times has a PDF of the letter here.) An NIH representative said that researchers' employers are responsible for regulating ethics policies. According to the Times, "many universities have been slow to react to evidence about the extent of the practice."