31 Mar '12, 11pm

Conservatives don't mistrust Science - they lack faith in Scientists. "47 of the 53 findings could not be reproduced."

As we tried to reproduce these papers we became convinced you can't take anything at face value. ... The failure to win "the war on cancer" has been blamed on many factors, ... But recently a new culprit has emerged: too many basic scientific discoveries... are wrong. ... Begley's experience echoes a report from scientists at Bayer AG last year. Neither group of researchers alleges fraud, nor would they identify the research they had tried to replicate. Of 47 cancer projects at Bayer during 2011, less than one-quarter could reproduce previously reported findings, despite the efforts of three or four scientists working full time for up to a year. ... But they and others fear the phenomenon is the product of a skewed system of incentives that has academics cutting corners to further their careers. "It drives people in industry crazy. Why are we seeing a collapse of the pharm...

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