Research Fraud in Allegra Goodman’s Intuition and Carl Djerassi’s Cantor’s Dilemma
Cliff’s act of omitting data because it did not fit perfectly with the hypothesis he was working towards is more in the spirit of what most people would traditionally consider to be fraud. A few pages of unearthed, hidden notes were enough to bring down a man, his work, and his integrity. An extensive investigation that was done on the part of the National Institutes of Health and the Office for Research Integrity in Science and, initially, they concluded that there was evidence of fraud. The Philpott Institute won their appeal, but Cliff could no longer be trusted completely to work in the lab and the name of the lab was tarnished as well despite the fact that they were excused from the claim against them. Whether or not this was actual fraud, which I believe that it is because it amounts to suppression of evidence, did not matter. Just the accusation of fraud is enough to irreparably tarnish a scientist’s or a lab’s reputation.
Goodman uses the character of Cliff to bring up the issue of scientific fraud, and she does so in a very blatant way. Secret, hidden pages of data were never reported to the higher-ups which contain data that would considerably alter the conceived