Friday, June 16, 2006

This is never a good look

Chem professor in the states is retracting 3 (maybe 4) papers from the literature after independant researchers failed to reproduce the results. Hattip The Chem Blog.

An example of the system working? I suspect far more are dribbling through than being caught - especially those mindbogglingly boring 37 step synthesis of garden-weed extract 304. Who's gonna bother checking that obscure acylation at step 28?? I'm with Corante on this one, most synthetic chemistry is professional make-work.


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