As much as they love research, many scientists lament the state of their profession these days. A mix of budgetary and other pressures are spawning stress and fear in the community. Bad scientific behavior is not uncommon. Recently, Science described the efforts of two microbiologists, Ferric Fang and Arturo Casadevall, who study how well the enterprise is functioning and how common misconduct appears to be. Is the push to publish ruining scientific discovery? Is science really self-correcting? Does peer review work? Are labs the right size? Does the quest for grants create a climate that encourages misconduct?
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Ferric C. Fang
Ferric C. Fang is a professor of laboratory medicine and microbiology at the University of Washington and editor-in-chief of the journal Infection and Immunity. He is a working scientist who is interested in reforms that can restore the health of the scientific enterprise.
Dr. Arturo Casadevall is professor and chair of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. His research interest are in the areas of fungal pathogenesis, immunology and microbiology. In recent years, Casadevall has become concerned about the problems with science and is interested in finding ways to improve this critical human enterprise.
Couzin-Frankel has been a staff writer for Science since 2002, covering an eclectic mix of stories in biomedical and clinical research, scientific misconduct, and ethics.