|Quack! I'm still here!|
I haven't had anyone e-mail me with stories for the contest or follow-up to claim the prize, even though I did have a few private stories of sabotage sent my way to assure me that 'it really does happen.' For the record, I believe that it does. [Heck, the Sezen doping is a prime example.] I still think, though, that it's a lot rarer than people might imagine.
I did want to highlight a blog comment from Heather Ames herself (the plucky grad student who caught a postdoc on video putting ethanol into her lab samples):
Can I have the duck? Ok, that might be unfair to the people who have dealt with this without getting favorable publicity.
One point I do want to make is that, this happens, people do get caught, but generally they get fired (or warned) without other consequences. It takes a lot to make a prosecutable case, because if evidence is collected without warrants and confessions not acquired by police, you can't present them in court.So, for now, the Duck of Sabotage still lives in my home. Again, if you have a story of chemistry laboratory sabotage to tell, the comments are open or you can e-mail me at chemjobber -at- gmaildotcom.