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Fur Flies Over Charges of Misconduct

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Science  11 Jan 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5553, pp. 250-251
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5553.250

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Two federal agencies have launched investigations into the actions of seven federal and state biologists, and the Washington state legislature and the U.S. Congress are also poised to hold hearings. The concern? That the biologists deliberately tried to skew the results of a federal survey of the threatened Canada lynx in national forests. The biologists have denied the accusations, according to The Washington Times, which broke the story on 17 December.