REPRODUCIBILITY INITIATIVE RECEIVES $400,000 OF REAGENTS TO SUPPORT THE CANCER BIOLOGY REPRODUCIBILITY PROJECT

PALO ALTO, Calif. ”The Reproducibility Initiative announced today that top scientific suppliers BioLegend, Corning Incorporated, EMD Millipore, LI-COR Biosciences, Mirus Bio, and Novus Biologicals will provide over $400,000 worth of research reagents to support the Cancer Biology Reproducibility Project. These reagents will increase the number of replication experiments that can be conducted by the Cancer Biology Reproducibility Project, which is supported by a $1.3 million grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation through the Center for Open Science.

The Cancer Biology Reproducibility Project is independently replicating 50 recent, high-impact cancer biology studies using the Science Exchange network of expert scientific labs. The aim of the project is to demonstrate that independent replication studies can be used to confirm potentially impactful novel findings, enabling them to be effectively built upon by the scientific community. The irreproducibility of scientific results has recently been revealed as a serious issue. Studies have reported that the majority of published results cannot be independently reproduced. The Cancer Biology Reproducibility Project will generate an open replication dataset that can be used to examine the rate of reproducibility in this field and to study factors associated with the reproducibility of experimental results.

The generous donation of high-quality reagents provided by BioLegend, Corning Incorporated, EMD Millipore, LI-COR Biosciences, Mirus Bio, and Novus Biologicals will greatly benefit the Cancer Biology Reproducibility Project," said Dr. Elizabeth Iorns, Director of the Reproducibility Initiative and CEO of Science Exchange."The money saved by the donation of these reagents will enable us to perform additional experiments from the studies selected, which will allow the generation of a more comprehensive replication dataset to study cancer biology reproducibility."

For more information about the Reproducibility Initiative and the Cancer Biology Reproducibility Project visit http://reproducibilityinitiative.org/ and http://cos.io/cancerbiology. For more information about the Science Exchange network visit www.scienceexchange.com.

Media Contact Tess Mayall Community Manager, Science Exchange Tel: +1 831 345 0055 Email: tess@scienceexchange.com

Release Date: 
Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 06:00