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Scientific rigor and the art of motorcycle maintenance

The reliability of scientific research is under scrutiny. A recently convened working group proposes cultural adjustments to incentivize better research practices.

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S.N. and R.B. are employees of CHDI Management, Inc., which provides advisory services to CHDI Foundation and other nonprofit organizations that support Huntington's disease research. D.B. is employed by PsychoGenics, Inc., which conducts research through fee-for-service agreements for CHDI. J.F. and D.L. receive research funding from CHDI. All authors received reimbursement of travel costs for attendance at the working group cited. M.M., W.J.B., G.L., M.L., E.-J.W. and K.T. have now signed consulting agreements with CHDI to work on the independent standing committee cited.

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Munafò, M., Noble, S., Browne, W. et al. Scientific rigor and the art of motorcycle maintenance. Nat Biotechnol 32, 871–873 (2014).

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