Ronald Bailey on Junk Science in Cancer Research

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Chalk it up to negative results

Last week, the scientific journal Nature published a disturbing commentary claiming that in the area of preclinical research—which involves experiments done on rodents or cells in petri dishes with the goal of identifying possible targets for new treatments in people—independent researchers doing the same experiment cannot get the same result as reported in the scientific literature nine out of 10 times. Reason Science Correspondent Ronald Bailey wonders how much of the National Institutes of Health's $30 billion annual budget ends up producing the moral equivalent of junk science?