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05/29/2008 09:40:14 PM · #1
I don't believe this has been posted here as yet, but the way I've been going lately, I wouldn't be surprised to learn it has before... :)

Bioscientists photoshop their cultures to fake results

A very eyebrow lifting read, and the comments below the article are interesting.
05/29/2008 09:53:39 PM · #2
I havent read the results yet but as a biologist, we use photoshop all the time to "clean up" westerns and microscopy scans...... its typical and to us not too much different than using distillation to purify water. We dont change results, just make them clearer.

edit, what they do, is wrong... after glancing over the article

Message edited by author 2008-05-29 21:54:34.
05/29/2008 09:57:15 PM · #3
If that really is happening, that's horrible!! However I don't really see how the photoshopped results get passed off as the real thing. Lab research in the field of Science is very competetive and everyone tries everything to discredit each other because if you're a scientist you want to be the first to discover something, or disprove someone else's theory, it's what makes you "famous".
05/29/2008 10:12:21 PM · #4
Was it a basic or advanced editing piece of reaserch?
05/29/2008 10:13:19 PM · #5
Originally posted by BrennanOB:

Was it a basic or advanced editing piece of reaserch?

05/29/2008 10:19:34 PM · #6
It happens all the time is other aspects of biology, not just photoshop.

Here is an example. Some wildlife biologist placed Canada Lynx fur on a barbwire fence in remote Washington State so they could say they were there. So the Feds would add them to the endangered list for the Pacific Northwest. They did DNA on the fur, results were the same as some zoo Canada lynx. They admitted that they did it. Unethical folks who have to lie for either credit and make a name for themselves or have a passion for something to try to save, all who are caught should be fired and discredited.
05/29/2008 10:52:28 PM · #7
Originally posted by vtruan:

It happens all the time is other aspects of biology, not just photoshop.

No offense, but while it does happen (see also the South Korean cloning fiasco), it's a bit much to say it happens "all the time". The vast majority of working scientists are extremely conscientious and scientifically ethical. There are thousands of research articles published each month and virtually all of them will be what the authors believe to be valid and correct. (This is not to say all of them are correct in the absolute sense, but are to the best of the researchers' knowledge.)

05/29/2008 11:09:04 PM · #8
I'm caught in a the opposite bind. I am allowed to enhance the contrast of an electron microscope image in the darkroom including dodging and burning but I am not allowed to make those same adjustments in Photoshop - go figure.
05/30/2008 12:13:30 AM · #9
I forgot to add link to original article in my first post, hopefully most of you found it anyway, but no pictures though...

05/30/2008 04:22:22 AM · #10
Well I admit that I use photoshop to cover up my real work when I have to submit DNA test results to the feline bioresearch ethics committee, otherwise they might freak at what I'm really working on.

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05/30/2008 04:48:08 AM · #11
Ha ha, this is brilliant. What a hoot!
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