As a graduate student who is always questioned about the next step of my scientific career, I am often torn between the path of continuing on the bench in hopes of running my own laboratory and the path of “selling-out” into the corporate world and industrial sciences. I believe scientists in academia view themselves as martyrs to a certain extent, sacrificing the fat paychecks of the corporate world in favor of uncovering knowledge that will ultimately benefit human health. These articles and videos have elucidated the self-interests that exist in academic science and shown that financial prosperity drives government funded science as well.
The idea of “publish or perish” was alluded to in Berg’s The Reliability of Science Research (https://www.asbmb.org/asbmbtoday/asbmbtoday_article.aspx?id=49717. This mindset fosters competition of the scientific world with the goal of producing the most content of sexy, high impact science as quick as possible to stay afloat. This pressure constricts labs from replicating and validating their results in favor of another notch on the resume. This is not self-corrected or even noticed among scientists as belief that the desired result is the actual truth prejudices scientists to ignoring dissenting results, as alluded to in Dan Ariely’s Ted Talk (https://www.ted.com/talks/dan_ariely_beware_conflicts_of_interest