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Title Image Management
Long Title Data/Image Management—Interpretation or Manipulation?
Contributor/Contact Tony Onofrietti, MS, CRSS (tony.onofrietti@hsc.utah.edu)
Contributor Details Jeffrey R. Botkin, MD, MPH
Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Ethics
Associate Vice President for Research Integrity
The University of Utah
Case Study Provided A Graduate student in molecular biology has just completed a gel blot (a standard methodology in molecular biology designed to isolate specific DNA sequences in a DNA sample, which results in a visual representation of the existence/absence of the specific sequences via bands generated by X-ray imaging, see ‘original image’ below). To her great satisfaction, the desired sequence was well-represented in lane 2. However, there was also a lighter band discovered in band 3, which she interpreted as irrelevant to her research project. As a result, she used Photoshop to eliminate the band in lane 3 (see ‘manipulated image’). Her advisor was thrilled to see the final results of the blot (i.e., the manipulated image). (See attachment and/or web link to see the images.)images.)

* 3-DataManagement_Image_M_Rossner_and_K_Yamada.pdf
Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership Topics No Data acquisition_management_sharing and ownership Topics
Mentor and Trainee Responsibilities Topics No mentor and trainee responsibilities topics
Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship Topics
Scientific responsibilities of authors,
Poor publication practices
Peer Review Topics No peer review topics
Collaborative Science Topics No collaborative science topics
Research Misconduct Topics
Other serious deviations from scientific best practices
Conflicts of Interest, Law and Policy Topics No conflicts of interest_law_and policy topics
Human Subjects No human subjects

URL www.education.research.utah.edu http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2172141/
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Other RCR Keywords Data Manipulation; DNA Sequences; Gel Blot; Graduate Student; Manipulated Image; Original Image; Photoshop; X-ray Imaging
Type of Case

Source for Topic Areas Du Bois, J., & Dueker, J. (2009). Teaching and Assessing the Responsible Conduct of Research: A Delphi Consensus Panel Report. Journal of Research Administration, 40(1), 49-70.


Topic revision: r5 - 28 Oct 2011 - 13:29:02 - MaryBanach
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