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The peer review system is "ostensibly one of the central pillars of modern science," says Michael Eisen at his It Is Not Junk blog. But while all attempts to fix the problems that plague the system have been met with a less than enthusiastic response from the scientific community, peer review as practiced now is "conservative, cumbersome, capricious and intrusive" and "poisons science," he says.

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