More Scientific Misconduct: Or, How ‘Accreditation’ Shows Its Meaninglessness Again

Concerns are being raised about the validity of research done by a Duke University cancer scientist who recently was placed on leave while the school investigates whether he falsely claimed to be a Rhodes scholar. The editor of a British journal, Lancet Oncology, issued an “expression of concern” Friday, citing a December 2007 study it published from Dr. Anil Potti and others. The study described gene patterns that might help predict a breast cancer patient’s response to chemotherapy. The journal said two of Potti’s co-authors had contacted them this week on behalf of 15 European scientists involved in the study with “grave concerns about the validity of their report.” Statisticians at the University of Texas’ M.D. Anderson Cancer Center had questioned methods used in the study, the co-authors wrote. The co-authors’ repeated attempts to reach Potti and other researchers at Duke had been ignored, they claimed.

Oops… Uh oh… but he has to be the best kind of scholar and his research authentic because Duke is an accredited institution…  After all, according to some, accreditation means that the institution only employs top notch and reputable people, right….  So there must be some mistake.  The best schools are accredited… and only bad or stupid or untalented people go to ‘unaccredited’ institutions…

One thought on “More Scientific Misconduct: Or, How ‘Accreditation’ Shows Its Meaninglessness Again

  1. Laine 25 Jul 2010 at 10:17 am

    Well, when your name is “Potti,” being reputable is a bit of stretch, is it not?


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