In science nothing is worse (well, few things are worse) than seeing your hardwork being copied wholesale without attribution. As educators we look for this … and take harsh actions against our students who cheat. As scientists, its harder to come up with a solution. While looking at some books on microbial phenotypes recently I noticed this piece of plagiarism between Bergeys Manual of Determinitive Bacteriology and Mehrotra And Sumbali’s Principles of Microbiology. I don’t know who copied from who (if it was a class I would fail them both!), but someone is taking the easy way out.