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A Ruckus Over Releasing Images of the Human Brain

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Science  01 Sep 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5484, pp. 1458-1459
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5484.1458

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A plan to have scientists deposit functional magnetic resonance images of the brain in a public center at Dartmouth College as a condition of publication has drawn a flurry of objections. Brain scientists warn that if the project goes forward as planned, it could compromise the privacy of research subjects, get tangled up in technical knots, and rob authors of the credit they deserve. A new task force is attempting to elicit a consensus and draft a set of data-sharing guidelines supported by the entire field.