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Tech-smart detectives expose fakes in scientific research with their gadgets.

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Allegations of research fakery at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have sparked a discussion about scientific integrity. The investigation began after a British blogger named Sholto David flagged manipulated images in published papers by four Dana-Farber scientists. Other amateur sleuths, such as California microbiologist Elisabeth Bik, have also been using technology to uncover image manipulation and plagiarism in scientific research. Dana-Farber has already requested six retractions of published papers and another 31 papers warrant corrections. The rise of these citizen scientists is changing the landscape of scientific publication and seeking to improve the integrity of research.

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