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Task Force Reports on Scientific Integrity

A new task force report recommends that the US establish a cross-agency scientific integrity council to counter political interference on science, according to Nature News.

The task force was established early in the Biden Administration and was instructed to review existing scientific integrity policies and develop polices to prevent political interference from affecting scientific data. This, CNN noted at the time, came in response to pressure exerted by the previous Trump Administration on government science agencies. For instance, Axios noted then that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was pushed by that administration to issue a misleading statement about a hurricane's path.

The new report issued by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy says the US needs to strengthen scientific integrity policies and that even agencies not involved in scientific research but that use scientific data should adopt such policies. In addition, the report calls for the formation of a formal interagency Scientific Integrity Council to adopt and share best practices as well as align actions across agencies.

Alondra Nelson, the OSTP's deputy director for science and society, who led the task force said at the American Geophysical Union meeting last month, according to Nature News, that this "is a process," adding that "[w]e will always be working on scientific integrity."

The Scan

Call for a Different Tack

Experts weigh the value of recent experiments testing genetically modified pig kidneys using brain-dead individuals, according to Nature News.

Wastewater Warning

The New York Times reports that wastewater surveillance in some parts of the US point to a possible surge.

Can't Get in the Program

Due to the Northern Ireland protocol dispute, the European Union is preventing UK researchers from joining the Horizon Europe research program, the Times of London reports.

Science Paper on Spatial-Controlled Genome Editing

In Science this week: approach to enable a CRISPR-Cas13a-based system to be used as a cancer therapy.