United Kingdom Passes on Research Integrity Investigators

The Times Higher Education reports today that prospects have dimmed in the United Kingdom for a national body that would investigate possible research misconduct. U.K. universities apparently resisted the new scheme, preferring to keep such investigations internal. One proponent of a national research integrity office dismissed such in-house misconduct probes, offering this unusual comparison: "It is a bit like using a condom with hundreds of holes [in it] and calling it safe sex."

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