Way to go ORI!!!

February 20, 2009 at 11:47 pm Leave a comment

A while ago I commented on the highly publicized case of scientific misconduct committed by Dr. Luk van Parijs from MIT. It looks like the Office for Research Integrity is at last really after the asses of those cheating bastards. In the current issue of NIH funding opportunities and notices, there are no less than three notices about scientific misconduct discovered both in the NIH intramural section, and in two top-notch research universities, UCLA and UCSF. I am really happy that they send out these notices along with grant-related info. It sends an important message to anyone who thinks that copy-paste is an appropriate method of replicating n=1 results when a publication in MCB or Lancet or a life-saving R01 is at stake. I still find the punishments to be very lax in relation to the crimes, but it is a good trend and will hopefully trigger a landslide of exposures of fishy laboratory practices in academia. Keep it up, ORI!

Update: writedit was, once again, faster than me at spotting the news 🙂

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