Sunday, June 19, 2005

Scientists Admit Pressures From Funding Sources

Government funded biomedical scientists who responded to an anonymous survey revealed that one third of the 3,000 scientists admitted questionable research practices.

These ranged from straight out falsifying data, to 15.5% admitting that they had CHANGED HOW THEY CONDUCTED AN EXPERIMENT OR ITS RESULTS IN RESPONSE TO PRESSURE FROM A FUNDING SOURCE.

Other admissions were the widespread practise of circumventing the rules on using human subjects as experiments, and not properly disclosing ties with companies.

According to lead author Brian Martinson, a researcher at HealthPartners Research Foundation, ''I think this really causes us to call into question the assumption that it is just a few bad apples."

Time to sell pharmaceutical company shares, and time for psychiatrists to start looking for another job.

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