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ORI Report Tracks Gun-Shy Feds

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Science  07 May 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5416, pp. 901
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5416.901

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According to a report released this spring by the U.S. Public Health Service's Office of Research Integrity (ORI), universities handled 96% of the extramural misconduct cases closed in 1997, up from 64% in 1993. This single statistic captures both the essence of a policy shift at ORI, which since 1995 has relied on university investigations whenever possible, and a greater willingness among universities to undertake their own investigations, says ORI. But some university officials say that ORI is turning down cases that it should perhaps take.