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Costs Of Slipshod Research Methods May Be In The Billions
National Public Radio

Laboratory research seeking new medical treatments and cures is fraught with pitfalls: Researchers can inadvertently use bad ingredients, design the experiment poorly, or conduct inadequate data analysis. Scientists working on ways to reduce these sorts of problems have put a staggering price tag on research that isn’t easy to reproduce: $28 billion a year.

That figure, published Tuesday in the journal PLOS Biology, represents about half of all the preclinical medical research that’s conducted in labs (in contrast to research on human volunteers). And the finding comes with some important caveats.

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