What pushes scientists to lie? The disturbing but familiar story of Haruko Obokata | The Guardian

What pushes scientists to lie? The disturbing but familiar story of Haruko Obokata | The Guardian

By on Mar 13, 2015

A few years ago, Glenn Begley put this suspicion to the test. As head of cancer research for pharmaceutical giant Amgen, he attempted to repeat 53 landmark experiments in that field, important work published in some of the world’s top science journals. To his horror, he and his team managed to confirm only six of them. That’s a meagre 11%. Researchers at Bayer set up a similar trial and were similarly depressed by the results. Out of 67 published studies into the therapeutic potential of various drugs (mostly for the treatment of cancer), they were able to reproduce less than a quarter.

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