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Wellcome Rules Widen the Net

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Science  24 Aug 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5534, pp. 1411
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5534.1411

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The U.K.'s biggest biomedical charity has filled a void by proposing its own guidelines and procedures for handling allegations of scientific misconduct. While generally winning high marks, the draft rules from the Wellcome Trust are likely to spark controversy by broadening the definition of misconduct beyond the U.S. government's standard and by offering relatively little protection to whistleblowers.