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Researchers behaving badly

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Science  16 Jul 2021:
Vol. 373, Issue 6552, pp. 288
DOI: 10.1126/science.abj1846

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The question of "what pushes men and women to cross the line and commit crimes and misdeeds in the name of science" is the focus of The Icepick Surgeon, which explores several centuries' worth of dubious research decisions, from morally compromised collectors of the past to forensic fraudsters of the present. It is an intriguing question, and the book—although sometimes imperfect in its logic—serves as an important reminder that science is ever a human enterprise.

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