An Epidemic of False Claims

False positives and exaggerated results in peer-reviewed scientific studies have reached epidemic proportions in recent years. The problem is rampant in economics, the social sciences and even the natural sciences, but it is particularly egregious in biomedicine.

via An Epidemic of False Claims – Scientific American.

The problem begins with the public’s rising expectations of science. Being human, scientists are tempted to show that they know more than they do.

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