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SEEK BLIND AND YE SHALL FIND?

Solutions to shoddy results: Carrots, sticks and standards

By Anette Breindl
Science Editor

Thursday, December 12, 2013
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Justitia, the goddess of justice, famously seeks the truth while blindfolded. Scientists, on the other hand, do not. And Glenn Begley thinks that’s why they so often don’t find it. “If I was king of the world, the one thing I would do is to insist that every study be performed blinded,” he told his audience at the National Press Club on Wednesday.

Begley was part of a panel discussing what to do about the dismally low reproducibility rate of most preclinical biomedical research.

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