http://reason.com/archives/2012/04/03/c ... be-trustedCan Most Cancer Research Be Trusted?
Addressing the problem of "academic risk" in biomedical research
When a cancer study is published in a prestigious peer-reviewed journal, the implcation is the findings are robust, replicable, and point the way toward eventual treatments. Consequently, researchers scour their colleagues' work for clues about promising avenues to explore. Doctors pore over the pages, dreaming of new therapies coming down the pike. Which makes a new finding that nine out of 10 preclinical peer-reviewed cancer research studies cannot be replicated all the more shocking and discouraging.
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v4 ... 3531a.html