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They Paid for My Kids' College Tuition, So?

In Science Progress, Michael Werner and Ari Stern discuss financial conflicts of interest in medical research. Lately, they say there's been a focus on disclosing possible conflicts of interest but they point out that more data is needed to know what sort of relationship between industry and academic research leads to compromised work. "While finding a way to handle conflicts in a manner that preserves research integrity and maintains the pubic trust is critical, few universalizable standards have emerged from the ongoing debate," they write.

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.