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At The Tree of Life, Jonathan Eisen reveals all the gory details of his anti-doping April Fool's prank, for which he gathered a bunch of fellow scientists and bloggers to create a fake press release and website for the alleged "NIH crackdown" on using performance-enhancing drugs. Ironically, it is popular among academics, as a survey that Nature conducted earlier this year reveals.

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