Three years ago science correspondent Richard Harris stumbled across a surprising story, National Public Radio reports.
A scientist at the drug company Amgen looked at 53 supposedly promising studies that were considered likely to lead to important new drugs. The scientist tried to replicate those promising results -- and in most cases he couldn't.
"He tried to reproduce them all," Harris told NPR's Morning Edition host David Greene. "And of those 53, he found he could only reproduce six."
Harris has worked for many years as a science correspondent for NPR, and he was somewhat dismayed to find that much of the science he had been reporting on was wrong. Now he has written a book about it: Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope, and Wastes Billions.
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