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Opinion: Science Needs Better Fraud Detection—And More Whistleblowers
An influential paper on amyloid protein and Alzheimer’s disease potentially fabricated data. Why did it take 16 years to flag?
Opinion: Science Needs Better Fraud Detection—And More Whistleblowers
Opinion: Science Needs Better Fraud Detection—And More Whistleblowers

An influential paper on amyloid protein and Alzheimer’s disease potentially fabricated data. Why did it take 16 years to flag?

An influential paper on amyloid protein and Alzheimer’s disease potentially fabricated data. Why did it take 16 years to flag?

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Journals Investigate Possible Misconduct in Heart Research
Catherine Offord | Sep 13, 2022 | 2 min read
Scientific publishers get involved in a scandal at Temple University that has so far produced one retraction for image manipulation, a university-led investigation, and a lawsuit by one of the researchers involved.
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Federal Investigators Probe Possible Misconduct in Pig Research
Dan Robitzski | Aug 30, 2022 | 2 min read
A quintet of research papers, all involving subjecting newborn piglets to brain damage, have been retracted because the data can’t be substantiated.
Duke to Settle Case of Alleged Fake Data Used to Win Grants
Ashley Yeager | Nov 20, 2018 | 2 min read
A whistleblower claims his former supervisor committed fraud when applying for government funds.
US Research Integrity Head Temporarily Leaves Post
Kerry Grens | Nov 21, 2017 | 1 min read
Kathy Partin, whose staff had expressed concerns about changes she instituted, was reportedly asked to leave.
Scientific Misconduct: Red Flags
John R. Thomas Jr. | Dec 1, 2015 | 6 min read
Warning signs that scandal might be brewing in your lab
 
Settlement Reached in Misconduct Case
Dan Cossins | Apr 19, 2013 | 2 min read
A cancer researcher found guilty of misconduct has reached a settlement with the ORI that allows him to apply for federal research funding.
Decade-Long Misconduct Case Closed
Jef Akst | Apr 9, 2013 | 1 min read
A former University of Washington researcher did commit misconduct 10 years ago, according to the Office of Research Integrity.
Disputed Research Ends in Tragedy
Dan Cossins | Mar 14, 2013 | 2 min read
A biomedical researcher whose Nature paper was called into question was found dead in his lab.
 
Psychology Grad Student Faked Data
Dan Cossins | Mar 7, 2013 | 1 min read
A young psychologist who studied the effects of motivation and reward on cognitive control is found to have falsified data in three published papers.
 
Physiologist Faked Data
Dan Cossins | Feb 5, 2013 | 1 min read
A Case Western Reserve University researcher is found guilty of altering the number of samples and results to inflate the statistical significance of his findings.
Neurologist Faked Stroke Data
Dan Cossins | Jan 28, 2013 | 1 min read
A University of Wisconsin neuroscientist is found guilty of falsifying Western blots as part of his stroke research, and has requested the retraction of two papers.
Men Cheat More Often
Dan Cossins | Jan 22, 2013 | 1 min read
Male scientists commit research misconduct more often than their female peers, and senior researchers are more likely to engage in fraud than trainees.
Reforming Research Cheats
Dan Cossins | Jan 9, 2013 | 2 min read
A new ethics course aims to rehabilitate scientists found guilty of misconduct so they can return to the field as productive researchers.
 
Confirmed Data Faker
Beth Marie Mole | Sep 7, 2012 | 1 min read
Federal investigators find ex-Harvard professor Marc Hauser guilty of misconduct, 2 years after his colleagues did.
Misconduct Hearing Granted
Hannah Waters | Mar 9, 2012 | 4 min read
A cancer researcher charged with scientific misconduct in 2011 may have the right to present his defense—a rare occurrence under current regulations.
Life After Fraud
Alison McCook | Jul 1, 2009 | 10+ min read
You put your name into Google, and the first entry is about a transgression from 20 years ago, the penalty for which only lasted three years. Now you can't get a job.
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