June 9, 2005 | David F. Coppedge

Scientists Confess Their Sins

One-third of scientists engaged in unethical behavior over the last three years, according to a report in Nature.1,2  These include falsification, fabrication and plagiarism as well as a host of questionable research practices.  It’s not so much a problem of high-profile cases of fraud as much as everyday, mundane, “corrosive” ethical lapses that are endangering the integrity of science.  See also the summary on MSNBC News


1Meredith Wadman, “One in three scientists confesses to having sinned,” Nature 435, 718-719 (9 June 2005) | doi: 10.1038/435718b.
2Martinson et al., “Scientists behaving badly,” Nature 435, 737-738 (9 June 2005) | doi: 10.1038/435737a.

Hypocrites in the church of Darwin?  Would you trust this gang with your soul?

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