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Editors at The New England Journal of Medicine said yesterday that they suspect two cancer papers the journal published may be fraudulent, adding to mounting concerns over the integrity of biomedical research in top journals
The lead author of both papers was Norwegian scientist Dr. Jon Sudbo, who is also suspected of fabricating data for a paper published last year in the British medical journal Lancet.
Sudbo's research focused on techniques to identify discolored spots in the mouth likely to develop into cases of oral cancer, and ways to treat the cancer. Scientists in the field considered the work impressive and hoped it might lead to earlier identification of precancerous spots, according to Dr. Bruce Donoff, dean of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.
to medical staff that just does not care etc.
A lot of time, researchers are under the "publish or perish" rule. If they don't have any published work by the end of the grant period, their funding is cut. I've heard rumors that this is why the Korean doctor fabricated his studies. I just read one of the two he's admitted were fraudulent, and it's quite interesting. In the study, the Dr. claims to have 11 stem cell lines by somatic nuclear transfer when in actuality, he only had 1 and was working on the others at time of publication. Supposedly, he lied about the other 10 in order to renew funding and then actually create them.
I suppose that could be a factor in some, but certainly not all, cases of research fabrication.