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A Tweak to the Figures

A graduate student at Indiana University admits to falsifying data and figures in grant applications and journal articles, reports Writedit at the Medical Writing, Editing & Grantsmanship blog. The student, Emily Horvath, has entered into a three-year voluntary settlement agreement, saying that she will exclude herself from participating in US Public Health Service advisory or peer review committees, and that any grant application that she is a part of must include a plan of how her duties will be supervised. The Scientist notes that the papers that include the falsified figures, which appeared in Endocrinology and Molecular Endocrinology, are in the process of being retracted.

Writedit also reports that a former Wyeth researcher, Boris Cheskis, has accepted to a two-year agreement after Office of Research Integrity found that he falsified figures submitted to NIH.

The Scan

Fertility Fraud Found

Consumer genetic testing has uncovered cases of fertility fraud that are leading to lawsuits, according to USA Today.

Ties Between Vigorous Exercise, ALS in Genetically At-Risk People

Regular strenuous exercise could contribute to motor neuron disease development among those already at genetic risk, Sky News reports.

Test Warning

The Guardian writes that the US regulators have warned against using a rapid COVID-19 test that is a key part of mass testing in the UK.

Science Papers Examine Feedback Mechanism Affecting Xist, Continuous Health Monitoring for Precision Medicine

In Science this week: analysis of cis confinement of the X-inactive specific transcript, and more.