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Fraud in science not taken seriously

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Not as seriously as you’d think.

Even though research misconduct is far from rare, Dr. Han’s case was unusual in that he had to resign. Criminal charges against scientists who commit fraud are even more uncommon. In fact, according to a study published last year, “most investigators who engage in wrongdoing, even serious wrongdoing, continue to conduct research at their institutions.” As part of our reporting, we’ve written about multiple academic researchers who have been found guilty of misconduct and then have gone on to work at pharmaceutical giants. Unusual, too, is the fact that Iowa State has agreed to reimburse the government about $500,000 to cover several years of Dr. Han’s salary and that the National Institutes of Health has decided to withhold another $1.4 million that it had promised the university as part of the grant.

But don’t applaud yet, taxpayers: The N.I.H. isn’t doing anything about the rest of the $10 million granted to Dr. Han’s boss, Michael Cho, after the two scientists announced the apparently exciting results now known to be fraudulent.

In the vast majority of cases, in fact, funding is not repaid. More.

In fact, the “teeth” of the science fraud squad got pulled, and it seems to mostly be using dentures.

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So, here in the 21st Century we have descended into Alchemy. And the practitioners are not subject any serious punishment for being caught as frauds. Clearly the path to a successful career starts and ends with fakery, while at the same time Intelligent Design is rounded denounced as nonsense without providing any counter evidence. I begin to get the idea that Orthodoxy is more important to a career than Truth. mahuna

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