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The problem is not that research is not reproducible. Researchers are humans and full of biases. The problem is too much emphasis is put on novelty vs. reproducibility. It took a long time for software engineers to recognize the value of testing/validating vs. creating new code. In the same way the research world needs to put new emphasis on reproducing/validating results.

The problem is that too much emphasis is put on prestige and reputation than on actual impact of the work. Coming from a physics background I always felt that life scientists tend to be overly audacious in their claims, am I alone in this?

Is it only in life sciences? Remember the cold fusion and the faster than light particle fiascos?

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