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  • The Dark Side

    Crap, Courtesy of a Major Scientific Publisher

    I hate to be like this. But yesterday a number of chemists began noticing this paper, and after having a look, I think it really needs to be mentioned. (Update: if that link is down, and it’s been spotty under all the attention, try this one). It’s a group from Kuala Lumpur, the pharmacology department… Read More
  • Analytical Chemistry

    Another Crashing Noise From the Basement

    In case you’ve missed, it, Theranos (the blood-testing company whose secretive technology has been taking some major blows over the last few months) has reached yet another unwelcome stage in its troubles. First you have people expressing doubts about the company’s product, then you have worries about their customers defecting, then you… Read More
  • Current Events

    No One Will Ever Suspect!

    Here’s another one of those “Let’s lift a bunch of material from the company we work for and start our own!” schemes: According to the indictment, Yu Xue and Lucy Xi were scientists working at GSK’s research facility in Upper Merion, Pa., when they engaged in an alleged scheme to steal trade secrets related to… Read More
  • Business and Markets

    Getting the Indian Drug Scandals Straight

    An old colleague of mine sent along this story from India. It’s about the problems that GVK Bio had in 2015, which led to all sorts of consequences: In October this year, a national newspaper in India ran a front page news item with the headline “A love story that cost GVK its international reputation”. The story… Read More
  • Business and Markets

    The Details of Shkreli’s Fraud

    If you want to know all the details of why Martin Shkreli was indicted, and how he has become associated with securities fraud (instead of just being associated with totally unrepentant drug price hikes), then this is the article to read. Here’s a bit: The other way to sustain the lie — and the only… Read More
  • Business and Markets

    Martin Shkreli Arrested

    Word came about a half hour ago that everyone’s least favorite spokesman for the drug industry, Martin Shkreli, was arrested for securities fraud. His former company (Retrophin) has been accusing him of just that, claiming that he was illegally moving money around to cover losses in his hedge-fund activities, and it looks like Federal prosecu… Read More
  • The Dark Side

    The Magic of Peer Review

    Here’s an article at Vox about the problems with scientific peer review, and I have to say, it’s pretty accurate. After going over how it’s supposed to work for the site’s audience, and mentioning the real problems that have become more obvious over time, they wrap up like this: . . .Science would probably be better… Read More
  • The Dark Side

    Hijacking Journals for Fun and Profit. Mostly Profit.

    Not content with faking up similar-sounding journal names and web sites, some lowlifes are actually hijacking entire scientific journal domains out from under the rightful owners. John Bohannon has an alarming report here, Long ignored by the criminal underworld, academic journal websites are finally getting noticed. One reason is the sheer scale… Read More
  • The Dark Side

    More Fake Journal Sleaze

    Here’s one for the fake-journal files: Tom Spears at the Ottawa Citizen has found a shady online journal (The “Journal of Spectroscopy and Molecular Physics”) listing its whole editorial board, with names and photographs. Only problem is, the names don’t match the photos. The person listed as Managing Editor, supposedly one… Read More
  • Business and Markets

    Valeant: Bound to be a Good Explanation, Right?

    For those of you following this saga, here’s the latest from Bronte Capital, SIRF, and the Wall Street Journal on the wonderfulness that is Valeant Pharmaceuticals. Marvel at companies that aren’t supposed to be related that share phone numbers and web sites, at Valeant prescriptions being mailed all over the place, including plenty of… Read More
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