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Scientific fraud grows ten times in last two decades
While scientific research is growing at a fast pace, but on the flip side, fraud in the research is also growing at a similar pace in the West, a recent study, led by Arturo Casadevall, professor of microbiology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, has shown.

IT CAN be gathered from the study that in the last two decades scientific fraud has grown almost ten times. According to the authors of the new study, the percentage of studies withdrawn because of fraud or suspected fraud has jumped substantially since the mid-1970s as far as medical and biological research is concerned. The study was limited to the growth of research frauds without finding the causes for this trend.

Casadevall said his research was an attempt to clean research's own house. He has even found a mismatch between the abstracts and research report details in quite a few cases.

Some comments made by others serious researchers on increasing trend of fraud in research and on the new findings are as follows:

- There is loss of values in society that research may simply be reflecting.

-Some research in life sciences and medicine is the sponsored research reported through fudged data.

- Professional misconduct like plagiarism often goes unchecked and studies get published.

- There are serious lacunas at the level of review and evaluation of research studies.

- Mad race for fame, promotions and profits leads to cheating and fraud in research.

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