Genome sequencing technologies have transformed biological research in many ways, but have had a much smaller effect on the treatment of common diseases.
A database of retractions shows hundreds of academic articles with Australian authors have been withdrawn. Research misconduct threatens to corrode trust in academic qualifications and publications.
There are a few red flags to look out for when reading about new scientific discoveries that can help you spot dodgy or unreliable work.
Researchers who feel pressured to publish in high ranking journals are more likely to cut corners, or even commit academic fraud.
It's a problem when much of what winds up in scientific journals isn't replicable, for various reasons. The research community is taking baby steps toward addressing the "reproducibility crisis."
After we were stung, we realised just how much of a threat misconduct and cherry picked data is to health.