Reagents – substances used in chemical analysis – are vital to biomedical research. Reagents of inconsistent quality yield inconsistent research results. David Cyranoski’s fascinating report reveals how massive investments in science, supply chain problems, and pop-up distributors have created a thriving counterfeit reagent market in China and globally. getAbstract recommends this report to biomedical industry stakeholders, academics and readers with an interest in China’s changing scientific landscape.
In this summary, you will learn
- How counterfeit reagent distributors are thwarting the efforts of China’s scientists,
- Why it’s so difficult to shut down fraudulent distributors, and
- What scientists and reagent companies are doing to combat the problem.
About the Author
David Cyranoski is an Asia-Pacific correspondent for Nature magazine. He has written for the Scientific American and Real Clear Science.