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Are Mendel’s laws of genetics based on falsified data?

Image from Google Doodle, celebrating Mendel’s 189th birthday. You may have first heard about Gregor Mendel back in high school biology class when you had genetic classes. Mendel, who was an Augustinian monk wrote a paper in 1866 that laid … Continue reading

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The year in review: the 2011 top 10 cases involving misconduct in science

Top 10 lists are ubiquitous this time of year. The media loves to compile lists and we love to read them. One can find lists to please all the tastes, ranging from popular subjects including; top 10 movies, top 10 … Continue reading

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The Dutch Debacle Continues

Last week Science retracted a 2011 paper written by a prominent social psychologist who has been accused of fabricating massive amount of data. Dr. Stapel is a prolific author and according to Retraction Watch, many more of his papers may … Continue reading

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Peer review: the quality control of science

Could we scientists do a better job of reviewing manuscripts to catch papers with fabricated data or plagiarized text?  Is this the duty of peer-reviewers? Or should the journals be primarily responsible for discovering research misconduct? I know we are … Continue reading

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How come nobody saw it?

I refer here to Dr. Diederik Stapel, a Dutch social psychologist who admitted had published papers based on fabricated data for more than a decade. In hindsight it is easy to spot the problems:  obviously, data collection for the experiments … Continue reading

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Have your paper written and published for you for US$ 17,250

I knew most of us scientists are not found of writing. That’s why we are in science! It is so much more fun to do the experiments and analyze the data than draft a manuscript. So, if you don’t want … Continue reading

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House arrest for researcher found guilty of scientific misconduct

                                                              Photo / Donna Coveney Allegations of data falsification started 7 years ago ended up a few months ago not very well for Luk van Parijs, a former MIT researcher. He was by found guilty of data manipulation and sentenced … Continue reading

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