How scientific research can be unscientific

Scientists are supposed to be rigorous and unbiased in their scientific research.

3 top US scientists were forced to resign in mid-September 2018 due to misconduct.

Jose Baselga, chief medical officer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York had authored hundreds of articles on cancer research. In dozens of articles, he was found to have failed to disclose that he had received millions of dollars from medical and pharmaceutical companies. These can influence the methodology and ultimately the results of the research. He resigned when the scandal caught up with him.

Brian Wanslink, director of the Food and Brand Lab at the prestigious Cornell University, made his name from studies on pizza and the appetites of children. Cornell University, after a year-long inquiry, announced that Wanslink had committed “academic misconduct in his research and scholarship”. He denied all fraud, but 13 of his articles have been withdrawn by journals. He is set to resign at the end of the academic year.

Gilbert Welch, professor of public health at Dartmouth College, resigned when he was accused of plagiarism in an article in “The New England Journal of Medicine”, the most respected US medical journal.

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