August 29, 2008
Scientists Who Cheated Had Mentors Who Failed to Supervise Them
When young scientists fake results, their mentors—senior researchers who are supposed to train them—have neglected their supervisory responsibilities. A new study of scientific trainees caught cooking their data found that in three-quarters of the cases, their mentors had never examined the trainees' laboratory results. And two-thirds of the supervisors never taught the trainees standards for properly keeping lab notebooks.
"There was a troublingly high incidence of missing