News of the WeekPROFESSIONAL ETHICS

Data Hoarding Blocks Progress in Genetics

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Science  25 Jan 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5555, pp. 599
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5555.599a

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More than a quarter of U.S. geneticists say they can't replicate published findings because other investigators won't give them relevant data or materials. And the rejections are more than a breach of professional etiquette; they say that data hoarding actually retards progress in the field. The results of a new survey tarnish what has traditionally been a badge of honor among scientists: the sharing of information that allows others to replicate or disprove the original finding.

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