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Department of Microbiology & Immunology
University of Illinois

  • History shows that scientific misconduct is no more widespread now than over the past 150 years. Yet, charges and punishment are greater today, when every problem demands a solution - and accusation becomes reality. A distinguished group has produced a sensible, readable statement on the nature of scientific investigation and the social mechanisms (and their abuses) involved.

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