Books et al.Reproducibility

On rigor and replication

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Science  07 Apr 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6333, pp. 34
DOI: 10.1126/science.aam8039

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In Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hopes, and Wastes Billions, a sensationalistic title belies a carefully crafted book about data reproducibility and scientific rigor in biomedical research. Although the book breaks no new ground, at a time when the so-called "irreproducibility crisis" has stoked passionate debate among scientists, bewil­dered the public, and even launched new disciplines (e.g., metaresearch), an accessible overview of the problem is most welcome.