Damselfish larvae that has ingested microplastic particles. (Image: Oona M. Lönnstedt)

A headline grabbingstudy published in Science last year that warned about the effects of plastic microbeads on larval fish is on the verge of being retracted. In a case involving missing data, shoddy research methods, and outright fabrication, it’s one of the most egregious examples of scientific fraud we’ve seen in quite some time, and a case in which there’s plenty of blame to go around.

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