I remember reading a short story, likely in a Dozois Year's Best anthology, about how what seemed to be a study-reproduction crisis in academia was revealed to actually be a universal rupture in the laws of science that made it so that every study done actually changed the way things worked.

I think the protagonist was an African scientist, who had to deal with the breakdown of his life's work.

  • I keep reading that title as that there's a science study about a reproduction crisis... :-P
    – FuzzyBoots
    Dec 2, 2017 at 11:51

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This is What We Found by Geoff Ryman.

Ryman takes us to Nigeria, gives us the texture and taste of that country, and the strange family of the protagonist, a young man whose scientific research provides the sfnal element to the story which is otherwise largely domestic and familial. His research suggests that too much scientific study, too much replication, is affecting science itself. It’s not a full-on science story approach a la Benford, just passing notes on the research to reflect on the story.

It was collected in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Ninth Annual Collection by Gardner Dozois which is probably where you read it.

  • Yes that’s the one!!!! Thank you!!
    – Allegra
    Dec 2, 2017 at 23:17

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