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Top journal editor resigns over misconduct allegations

A leading biologist at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California has resigned as editor of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, following allegations of sexual misconduct. He is strongly denying the claims.

Inder Verma, 70, resigned from his PNAS post on 1 May after being placed on leave by the governing council of the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The journal is the academies flagship publication.

Verma has also been placed on administrative leave by the Salk Institute, where he was employed as a researcher. The institute has launched an investigation into sexual harassment allegations against him. However, Verma is denying any wrongdoing.

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