El enredo del fraude científico

La ciencia y el comportamiento de los científicos nunca han sido perfectos. Pensemos en el científico coreano Hwang Woo-suk, cuya afirmación de que había extraído células-madre a partir de embriones humanos clonados resultó estar basada en una investigación falsa. Hwang acaba de ser despedido de la Universidad Nacional de Seúl y se ha suspendido a seis de sus colaboradores o se les ha reducido el sueldo.

Hwang y sus colegas no están solos. Como reacción ante la recurrencia de escándalos muy divulgados y muy perjudiciales habida en los últimos años, muchas universidades y algunos organismos nacionales encargados de financiar las investigaciones constituyen ahora "consejos institucionales de revisión" para abordar las contravenciones de la que ha llegado a llamarse "ética de la investigación".

Pero, ¿son necesarios esos consejos? En caso afirmativo, ¿con qué criterios deben llevar a cabo su labor?

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