Science Needs Vigilance Not Vigilantes
Woolf, Patricia K.
JAMA. 1988 Oct 7; 260(13): 1939-1940.
The author maintains that due process was not observed in two recent Congressional inquiries into allegations of misconduct in science. Committees in both hearings did not ask for testimony from either the scientists who were accused of misconduct or from the universities that were charged with failure to respond adequately to those accusations; allegations of scientific error were also accidentally, or possibly deliberately, confounded with suspicions of scientific fraud. The reliance of Congress upon the testimony of two scientists who are not part of the National Institutes of Health's official system for reporting misconduct deters the acquisition of sound, scientific knowledge. (KIE abstract)
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