In his year-end review of bogus research, Gary Marcus notes endemic cheating in scientific studies and lists six ways to fix the problem. Each approach makes sense – do something about publish or perish, establish an ethical code, encourage insiders to police the work in their field…

But for some reason, Marcus omits the biggest problem of all: pharma. The staggering financial incentives for colluding with corporations and their ghost writers make an incentive like tenure look paltry.

UD thanks Dirk.


UPDATE: And don’t forget this problem.

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  1. Jack/OH Says:

    Big Pharma. Beneath an article on the Piltdown Man hoax, one commentor nominated American prescription pharmaceuticals as the greatest scientific hoax of the 20th/21st century. (Don’t have the reference handy.)

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