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February 17, 2015

Stealth ResearchIs Biomedical Innovation Happening Outside the Peer-Reviewed Literature?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Stanford Prevention Research Center (SPRC) and Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS), Stanford, California
JAMA. 2015;313(7):663-664. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.17662

Information about Theranos, a privately held biotechnology company that has developed novel approaches for laboratory diagnostic testing, has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, San Francisco Business Times, Fortune, Forbes, Medscape, and Silicon Valley Business Journal—but not in the peer-reviewed biomedical literature. As of January 5, 2015, a search in PubMed using Theranos as a search term identified affiliations for only 2 unrelated articles coauthored by Theranos Inc employees, although these 2 reports do not offer insights about their company.

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