Saturday, July 20, 2002

I wonder how many chimpanzee vivisectors pursuing mad science have fudged results to keep the grant money flowing?


Science labs, too, 'cooking the books'
Fraud charges against several prominent scientists have sparked inquiries and new ethics rules.
from the July 19, 2002 edition
By Peter N. Spotts, Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

For more than 75 years, Bell Labs has been a scientific Camelot.
Its scientists and engineers invented the transistor and the laser. They were the first to hear the faint echoes from the Big Bang. In all, work at the Murray Hill, N.J., facility has earned six Nobel Prizes.

Now, however, an independent team of scientists is investigating whether one of the center's brightest stars, Jan Hendrick Schön, fabricated results in what many considered to be groundbreaking experiments.

His case is one of several that have come to light recently, shining a harsh light on one of the darker sides of science – fudged research results. While recent attention has focused on the ethics of business executives, similar concerns have surfaced in the scientific community, with potentially far-reach implications of their own.

At best, "cooking notebooks" can send other scientists down experimental dead ends, wasting time and precious research money. At worst, scientific misconduct has the potential to foster poorly designed environmental rules or public-health regulations. In the case of biomedical research, misconduct could cost lives....