It's a Given

In an opinion column at The Scientist, Lisa Cosgrove — associate professor at the University of Massachusetts and research lab fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University — says bias in research is "unavoidable," and it's time the scientific community faced the issue rather than pretending it doesn't exist. And disclosing financial conflicts of interest isn't enough, she adds.

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