There are many reasons why a scientific finding may not be reproducible — there are statistical flukes, misinterpretation of results, uncontrolled variables, and sometimes even fraud. But "[i]n science," the Washington Post writes, "a result is supposed to be verifiable by a subsequent experiment. An irreproducible result is inherently squishy."

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A settlement is expected in a Duke University lawsuit hinging on using falsified data to win grants, Retraction Watch and Science report.

In PNAS this week: approach for analyzing the expression of endogenous retroviruses, circular RNAs that influence host-virus interactions, and more.

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