Friday, June 10, 2005

Little white coat lies

One-third of scientists admit to research violations (Star Tribune)

    A third of the scientists in a nationwide survey admitted to violating some of the bedrock rules of scientific research, according to a report by a team of Minnesota researchers.

    The survey, of more than 3,200 U.S. scientists, found that hardly anyone admitted to falsifying data outright.

    But a surprising 33 percent confessed to other kinds of misconduct -- such as claiming credit for someone else's work, or changing results because of pressure from a study's sponsor.

    The survey indicates that the misconduct involves more than a 'few bad apples,' said the lead author, Brian Martinson.

    Martinson is a sociologist at the HealthPartners Research Foundation in Bloomington." More here (free registration required)

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Anonymous said...

Yikes! Scientists really are the enemy then. Hmmh...wait a minute, hasn't there been a rash of journalists who have falsified quotes, said they were in places they were not, and other misdeeds. Maybe journalists are the enemy? Nah, probably not any more than the scientists are.

Anonymous said...

This is really depressing. No wonder people like THONG don't trust scientists.

Mr. Smith