A View of Misconduct in Science
Nature. 1989 May 11; 339(6220): 91-93.
An eminent biochemist gives his personal view of misconduct in science, one largely based on an experience with the case of fraud by a young researcher, Mark Spector, in Racker's own laboratory at Cornell University. He considers four general aspects of the problem of research fraud: the scientists involved, their supervisors and collaborators, the universities and funding agencies, and the federal government as represented by Congress. Racker argues that fraud committed by talented professional scientists springs from an unbalanced mind, that each case must be handled individually and pursued in the courts if the evidence warrants it, and that Congress must be persuaded that the research community can and will assume responsibility for the detection and punishment of scientific misconduct. (KIE abstract)
Accountability; Biomedical Research; Deception; Federal Government; Fraud; Government; Government Regulation; Investigators; Legal Aspects; Mass Media; Methods; Misconduct; Motivation; Peer Review; Psychology; Public Policy; Punishment; Regulation; Research; Review; Science; Scientific Misconduct; Self Regulation; Universities;
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