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Appearances Can Deceive, Even With Standard Reagents

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Science  22 May 2009:
Vol. 324, Issue 5930, pp. 997
DOI: 10.1126/science.324_997

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China is infamous for cheap knockoffs of brand-name consumer goods. Now many scientists are discovering to their dismay that a cottage industry of faux biochemical reagents has sprung up to take advantage of China's hefty increases in R&D funding. Scientists who until recently worked overseas are especially vulnerable because they may not know which dealers to trust.