I was taught this [myth?!] in school.
But since then, I learned this:
Combing through the “hidden public knowledge” in the prior studies, the researchers concluded that the scientists could have found a statistically significant result in 1973 rather than in 1988. No doubt countless lives were lost because the knowledge of streptokinase’s efficacy remained hidden in the scientific literature for 15 years. The good news is that better data dredging techniques, CoPub Discovery, and collaborative networking systems like Mendeley have been developed so that fewer facts will languish unused in the future.
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