If you think science practices are bad in academia, try private sector where there can be a direct monetary incentive for fraud.
"It's quite remarkable that a scientist would have the audacity to ask another professional to fudge data." LOL. No it isn't. It's wrong, yes, but it's almost routine.
1 In 4 Statisticians Say They Were Asked To Commit Scientific Fraud
"Report published in the Annals of Internal Medicine says that researchers often make 'inappropriate requests' for data manipulation or fraud to statisticians": "1 In 4 Statisticians Say They Were Asked To Commit Scientific Fraud":
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