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After Year and a Half, New ORI Head

Kathy Partin is to be the next head of the US Office of Research Integrity, Retraction Watch says, noting that the Report On Research Compliance first reported the appointment.

Partin, a neuroscientist and administrator at Colorado State University, is to take over the top spot toward the end of the month.

The post, ScienceInsider notes, has been vacant for about a year and a half, ever since David Wright left ORI in March 2014 after two years. Wright had become disenchanted with the bureaucracy of the agency, it says. In his resignation letter, he lamented the "remarkably dysfunctional HHS bureaucracy" as Retraction Watch says. ScienceInsider adds that outsiders have also criticized the office's slow pace and light punishments for infractions.

Retraction Watch adds that Partin has taken part in misconduct investigations as a faculty member and as an administrator since 2002. She tells ScienceInsider that she is looking "forward to this amazing opportunity."

The Scan

Hormone-Based Gene Therapy to Sterilize Domestic Cat

A new paper in Nature Communication suggests that gene therapy could be a safer alternative to spaying domestic cats.

Active Lifestyle Linked to Type 2 Diabetes Prevention in People at High Genetic Risk

A study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine shows that an active lifestyle goes a long way in type 2 diabetes prevention.

Beneficial, Harmful Effects of Introgression Between Wild and Domesticated European Grapes

A paper in PNAS shows that European wild grapevines were an important resource for improving the flavor of cultivated wine grapes.

Genetic Ancestry of South America's Indigenous Mapuche Traced

Researchers in Current Biology analyzed genome-wide data from more than five dozen Mapuche individuals to better understand their genetic history.