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Honesty in Science Reporting?

by on January 31, 2012

This is a sad story about dishonesty in science that only needs a few minutes of your time to appreciate. The topic involves microfluidics on a compact disc. First check the following  website from Jonathan Siegrist, one of my former students at UC Irvine.

Jonathan’s CD work at UCI: http://www.thesiegrists.com/Jons_Personal_Web_Site/Work.html. Pay close attention to the design of the fluidics on the CD in the image on this website.

Now follow all the links (in english, german, spanish and Chinese) that Robin Gorkin, another former UCI student, found  with the same image  but attributed to Diagnostics Radisens:

http://www.scientias.nl/een-lab-op-een-chip-voor-in-de-ruimte/50260

http://popular-science.net/a-miniature-centrifugal-monitors-the-health-of-astronauts.html

http://www.siliconrepublic.com/start-ups/item/21997-radisens-diagnostics-to-get

http://www.onorbit.com/node/4066

http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Shenzhou_8_brings_German_SIMBOX_experiments_safely_back_to_Earth_999.html

http://www.asturiasmundial.com/noticia/11937/un-microanalizador-monitorizara-salud-de-astronautas/

http://www.muyinteresante.com.mx/salud/364560/analisis-sanguineo-inmediato

http://www.mumbaimirror.com/index.aspx?page=article&sectid=7&contentid=201111162011111609403286eb5a460d

http://big5.news365.com.cn:82/gate/big5/xinmin.news365.com.cn/xz/201112/t20111230_184652.html

As you can read in the news blurbs the European Space Agency (ESA) is developing a new device to analyze the blood of astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Radisens got awarded a large contract to do just that.
Perhaps the ESA cares to know what we really developed the CD shown on all of these sites for?
Can anyone guess how ESA will react when they find out ? Will they retract their award to Radisens? Stay tuned.
Marc Madou

From → MY BLOG

3 Comments
  1. Please let us know how things go and what ESA and Radisens say… Jonathan’s work is amazing and should be used worldwide, but even ESA has to recognize this is his work.
    Thanks for posting this.

  2. It’s sad, Marc!!

  3. Dear readers

    It is very comforting to see that Radisens took the offending picture off its own website and alerted many web administrators about their transgression. We have not heard yet if they actually used our design to secure their funding but this is an excellent first step.

    Marc Madou

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