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Nature article indicates fraud in research funding


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I know this is I the USA – but it is likely the same issue happens here in the UK


“When neuroscientist Steven McIntire of the University of California, San Francisco, submitted a five-year, US$1.6-million grant application to the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) in November 2001, he did not mention that just five months earlier, the US Army had awarded him $1.2 million for a project with strikingly similar scientific aims. Both grants supported a search for genes that affect responses to ethanol in the worm Caenorhabditis elegans, which is used as a model organism to understand the effects of alcohol in humans.”


Now the research aims were and have been said to have been sufficiently “different” to justify the combined $2.8million. But the resulting articles indicate that the same work was produced from the same research.


However investigators are not so sure. The journal ‘Nature’ has run a check on grant applications and have found that for a few days work making sure that grant applications do not seem too similar to previous research grant applications, some “scientists” have been able to get double bubble grant money out of the taxpayer for basically the same work.





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