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Subject: Re: ETHI, SPEC: Fraud at NIH/HGP
From: Carlo Gambacorti <GAMBACORTI@ICIL64.CILEA.IT>
Date: Thu, 7 Nov 1996 09:25:52 +0000
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At 11:36 PM 11/6/96 -0500, you wrote:
>Surprisingly, only one substantive reply was received on this subject, which
>has certainly been the topic of discussion in many labs. What else could Dr.
>Collins have done to prevent this embarrassment to NIH and the genetics
>community from occurring? What could/should the journals involved have done?
>Have any labs or scientists made any changes in their procedures as a result
>of this incident? Or... is everybody convinced that it couldn't have
>happened to them?
>Hans Goerl
>ETHI Editor
>From: Srinivasan Ramachandran <SRAMACHANDRAN@atlas.niaid.nih.gov>
>Some of the suggestions mentioned in the earlier
>post might be very good as it looks but implementing them in practise
>is not an easy task. Authorship is an important issue
>but I certainly don't see that it is a problem everyday.
> It is also not clear whether pressures to perform leads inevitably to
>fabrication of scientific data. In an era of limited resources and funding
>it is not always easy to request someone else to reproduce the expermients
>done by other reasearchers.
> I think one good way might be to do internal peer review i.e., check and
>critique the lab. results in the lab. meetings.Frequently erroneous
>approaches come to light in these meetings. If taken objectively, these
>forums provide excellent opportunity to review one's own results and
> It is the responsibility of the
>investigator to set up such an environment. This involves no additional
>burden, no extra time.
> Similarly I don't think reviewers' serving the
>journals can be held responsible. The same paper read seriously by three
>independent experts most often come to very different points of
>criticisms. Some effect of personal view about a subject is inevitable.
>The editors generally take careof these points but if a paper comes from
>a reputed lab. some bias towards believing the results is unavoidable.
>It is that kind of reputation that has been damaged in the case of
>Francis Collins. However since he has honestly come forward, I think he
>will still be highly regarded despite some setback.
>S. Ramachandran

        did you look at the Nature page I suggested ? There, I think, you
find a response.

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