Scientific fraud appears to be far more common in medical research than previously thought, according to a brand-new report. To help combat the problem, researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas have developed a free computer program, called eTBLAST, that can scan medical databases for cases of plagiarism, reports the Globe and Mail of Toronto. The researchers used it to randomly search Medline, one of the largest online sources of medical research, and found about 9,000 duplicate articles with different authors. "In other words, potential plagiarism," said Harold Garner, the senior scientist in charge of the...

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