Clamping Down on Mistaken Identity
Mislabeling and contamination of cell lines in labs are well-known issues, but often nothing is done about them; journal publishers are getting tough
Fedra Pavlou |
Errors with misidentification and contamination of samples and cell lines is a big problem and it’s a widely known one too. Not only does it affect data integrity and scientific reproducibility, but outside of research, it could result in a misdiagnosis; a worrying consequence that all pathologists would wish to avoid at all costs. In spite of this, not enough is being done to avoid it, in particular in research labs. Some journal publishers, however, believe it’s time to force an end to the “ignorance is bliss” approach and tackle the problem head on.
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