CORRECTING misconduct in science is the scientists' job. The government's role is to make sure that instances of misconduct, when they occur, are handled promptly and fairly and to step in only if the scientists' investigation fails.
This, said Kenneth Ryan, MD, is the guiding principle behind the report by the Commission on Research Integrity. Ryan was chair of the 12-member commission chartered by Congress in 1993 to deal with allegations of fraud in federally supported scientific research.
Ryan presented a summary of the commission's report during the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, held in Baltimore, Md. He is Kate Macy Ladd Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass.
The report was delivered to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and to Congress last November, but, Ryan noted, it has attracted little public attention. He credited