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Book and Media Reviews
May 24/31, 2006

Scientific Integrity

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;295(20):2415-2420. doi:10.1001/jama.295.20.2418

As readers of JAMA are no doubt aware, following a series of allegations from coworkers, a Seoul National University panel investigation found that Dr Hwang Woo Suk's claim that he had successfully obtained stem cells from cloned human embryos was based on fabricated data. In the wake of such a spectacular case of scientific fraud, one might be tempted to suggest that “scientific integrity,” the title of the book under review, like the term “military intelligence,” is an oxymoron. Yet this case and other spectacular cases of scientific fraud can also be seen as scientific successes, evidence of the so-called self-correcting nature of science.

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