Collectively, these initiatives should encourage journals and other actors in the research ecosystem—including funders, employers, and individual researchers—to actively address parachute research and other unfair research practices, by introducing mechanisms to monitor, manage, and improve the conduct of research collaborations in situations of power imbalance.—Sepeedeh Saleh et al., writing in PLOS Global Public Health about the need for publishers to adopt a more-detailed accounting of author contributions to studies as a way to combat helicopter (or “parachute”) research (March 30)
1. Descriptor for a beetle, quince. or maple
1. Natural fiber used in rope-making
I believe this is the first time this has happened in the history of cancer.—Luis Diaz, a researcher at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York speaking to The New York Times about his group’s recently published trial in which all 18 rectal cancer patients who were given a drug called dostarlimab for six months saw their tumors disappear (June 5)
What I’d really like us to do is get a bigger trial where this drug is used in a much more diverse setting to understand what the real, true response rate is going to be. It’s not going to end up being 100 percent. I hope I bite my tongue on that in the future, but I can’t imagine it will be 100 percent.