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Team Proposes Research Integrity Promotion Plan for Funders

In PLOS Biology, researchers at Aarhus University, Amsterdam University Medical Centers, and other European centers discuss strategies that research funders can use for developing an effective plan for ensuring the integrity of research they are supporting. The team's Research Integrity Promotion Plan (RIPP) recommendations center on half a dozen core topics ranging from grant application selection to integrity expectations, monitoring, and compliance strategies. "In this Consensus View, we provided an overview of initiatives that are currently changing the funding landscape towards one that is more conducive to research integrity," the authors explain, adding that the six topics highlighted in the paper "are crucial in fostering a culture of research integrity in funding organizations and have provided guidelines to develop and implement a RIPP."

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ChatGPT Does As Well As Humans Answering Genetics Questions, Study Finds

Researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics had ChatGPT answer genetics-related questions, finding it was about 68 percent accurate, but sometimes gave different answers to the same question.

Sequencing Analysis Examines Gene Regulatory Networks of Honeybee Soldier, Forager Brains

Researchers in Nature Ecology & Evolution find gene regulatory network differences between soldiers and foragers, suggesting bees can take on either role.

Analysis of Ashkenazi Jewish Cohort Uncovers New Genetic Loci Linked to Alzheimer's Disease

The study in Alzheimer's & Dementia highlighted known genes, but also novel ones with biological ties to Alzheimer's disease.

Tara Pacific Expedition Project Team Finds High Diversity Within Coral Reef Microbiome

In papers appearing in Nature Communications and elsewhere, the team reports on findings from the two-year excursion examining coral reefs.