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Elisabeth Bik Faces Legal Action After Criticizing Studies
A complaint lodged by researchers in France prompts two petitions supporting Bik’s whistleblowing work.
Elisabeth Bik Faces Legal Action After Criticizing Studies
Elisabeth Bik Faces Legal Action After Criticizing Studies

A complaint lodged by researchers in France prompts two petitions supporting Bik’s whistleblowing work.

A complaint lodged by researchers in France prompts two petitions supporting Bik’s whistleblowing work.

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MDAR Framework Aims to Standardize Reporting in Life Sciences
Shawna Williams | May 7, 2021
Malcolm Macleod, who helped develop these best practices, tells The Scientist how the new guidelines for manuscript publishing seek to support a push for transparent and thorough sharing of methods and data.
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Incest Isn’t Taboo in Nature: Study
Christie Wilcox | May 7, 2021
Avoiding inbreeding appears to be the exception rather than the norm for animals, according to a new meta-analysis of experimental studies.
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Frontiers Pulls Special COVID-19 Issue After Content Dispute
Catherine Offord | Apr 28, 2021
The issue’s guest editors resign after falling out with the publisher over the management of papers, including a rejected manuscript on ivermectin, that were submitted for a special issue on drug repurposing for COVID-19.
SEC Charges uBiome Founders with Defrauding Investors
Catherine Offord | Mar 23, 2021
The microbiome-testing company made misleading claims about its prospects and about its business strategy, which allegedly relied on fooling doctors into ordering unnecessary tests, according to the US government.
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Researchers Develop Standards for Reporting Polygenic Risk Scores
Marcus A. Banks | Mar 17, 2021
Current reporting about the contribution of genetic variations to a person’s risk of disease is often incomplete and hard to interpret, according to the authors of a set of best practices for presenting such information.
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Hackers Bring Dutch Research Funding Agency to Standstill
Asher Jones | Mar 8, 2021
After refusing to pay the ransom demanded by those behind a cyberattack, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research has been out of action since February 8.
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Q&A: Parachute Science in Coral Reef Research
Asher Jones | Feb 24, 2021
Scientists who study the marine ecosystems have frequently failed to involve local researchers in projects, a study finds.
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STRANGE Framework Addresses Bias in Animal Behavior Research
Amanda Heidt | Jan 27, 2021
The journal Ethology is the first to adopt the guidelines, aimed at clarifying experimental design and the potential biases within.
High Risk of Bias in Early COVID-19 Studies: Meta-Analysis
Max Kozlov | Jan 14, 2021
Few peer-reviewed clinical papers on the pandemic contained original data, and many of those that did had poor experimental design.
Opinion: Blowing the Whistle on Research Grant Fraud
Joseph Gentile | Jan 1, 2021
Reporting cases of misconduct in the context of federal science funding can be a daunting task. But mechanisms to support whistleblowers do exist.
Science Is My Copilot
Bob Grant | Dec 1, 2020
As the world around us seems increasingly volatile, protecting and respecting the integrity of research and evidence becomes more important than ever.
Scientists, Publishers Debate Paychecks for Peer Reviewers
Shawna Williams | Nov 1, 2020
While some academics have called for compensation for assessing other scientists’ work, publishers haven’t warmed to the idea.
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Physician Behind Surgisphere Scandal Switches Medical Licenses
Catherine Offord | Oct 23, 2020
Sapan Desai has inactivated his license in Illinois, where multiple malpractice lawsuits against him are pending, and obtained a new one in Ohio.
The Lancet Alters Editorial Practices After Surgisphere Scandal
Catherine Offord | Sep 22, 2020
The changes, which affect the declarations authors have to sign and the peer-review process, have received a mixed response from the scientific community.
Italian Institute Revokes Appointment of Cancer Researcher
Catherine Offord | Jul 7, 2020
Pier Paolo Pandolfi left Harvard University last year following allegations of sexual harassment, and has since been accused of research misconduct.
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Opinion: Don’t Disparage the Pace of COVID-19 Research
John D. Loike, Salomon Amar | Jun 22, 2020
Fast science—with all its warts—is making unprecedented progress in the fight against COVID-19.
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Surgisphere Sows Confusion About Another Unproven COVID-19 Drug
Catherine Offord | Jun 16, 2020
The company behind a now-discredited study on hydroxychloroquine also posted a report that has been cited by Latin American governments recommending ivermectin as a possible coronavirus treatment. Clinicians there say the effects have been extremely damaging.
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Opinion: Surgisphere Fiasco Highlights Need for Proper QA
Nadya Gawadi Heywood, David Long | Jun 12, 2020
Our handbook on best practices for quality assurance in biomedicine can help funding agencies shore up research integrity—which is especially needed at a time when mistakes can have outsize effects.
Surgisphere Fallout Hits African Nonprofit’s COVID-19 Efforts
Catherine Offord | Jun 7, 2020
The company had helped develop a tool to aid decision-making in distributing limited medical equipment among coronavirus patients, but two high-profile retractions call into question the validity of Surgisphere’s work in toto.