Fraud is the main reason scientific research is retracted, Bloomberg News reported. A majority of these cases of fraud are due to falsified data, as opposed to more benign cases of simple research mistakes.
A recent case of this was the paper that linked certain vaccines to autism, among other ailments, Bloomberg reported. The study was responsible for a decrease in vaccination rates in Britain and the United States, as well as a resurgence in cases of diseases that were close to eradication.
Startling Increase in Fraud
2007 was a record year for fraud in scientific research, with 83% of all research retracted. Since 1975, incidences of fraud related retractions have increased tenfold. It is suspected that much of this fraud is motivated by rewards, such as grants and job offers.
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