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Point of View: Four erroneous beliefs thwarting more trustworthy research

  1. Mark Yarborough  Is a corresponding author
  2. Robert Nadon
  3. David G Karlin
  1. University of California, Davis, United States
  2. McGill University, Canada
  3. Independent researcher, France
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Cite this article as: eLife 2019;8:e45261 doi: 10.7554/eLife.45261


A range of problems currently undermines public trust in biomedical research. We discuss four erroneous beliefs that may prevent the biomedical research community from recognizing the need to focus on deserving this trust, and thus which act as powerful barriers to necessary improvements in the research process.

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  1. Mark Yarborough

    Bioethics Program, University of California, Davis, Sacramento, United States
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  2. Robert Nadon

    Department of Human Genetics, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
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  3. David G Karlin

    Independent researcher, Marseille, France
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  1. Emma Pewsey, eLife, United Kingdom

Publication history

  1. Received: January 17, 2019
  2. Accepted: July 25, 2019
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: July 29, 2019 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: August 9, 2019 (version 2)


© 2019, Yarborough et al.

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