Monday, September 25, 2006

Are we getting fairy tales from respected scientific journals?

LifeSite had the following text:

Doerflinger related that a National Institutes of Health expert attempted to reconcile the discrepancy between stem-cell researchers’ political message and scientific fact by stating, “To start with, people need a fairy tale.”

“In fact, we do not need a fairy tale,” Doerflinger contested. “We need the truth. But a fairy tale is what we are sometimes getting – not only from politicians and entrepreneurs but from respected scientific journals. This must change, or science itself will lose credibility.”

Apart from the fairy tale of the two papers by Hwang Woo Suk, Science presented an op-ed as "news" in a piece on patent continuations by Eli Kintisch.

LifeSite also had the following text:

Another recent casualty of scientific dishonesty was The New England Journal of Medicine, which admitted in its July 27, 2006 issue that it had misrepresented two studies to claim that stem-cells from cloned human embryos were used with success in animals. After alerted to its mistake by a reader, the journal conveniently admitted its mistake only after Congress had finished voting on stem-cell legislation. [IPBiz has no information on this assertion.]

And of course it was less than a year ago that the Stanford Law Review proclaimed that Gary Boone was the inventor of the integrated circuit.


Blogger Lawrence B. Ebert said...

Note also the article by Eli Kintisch, What Good Is a Patent? Supreme Court May Suggest an Answer, 311 Science 946-947 (17 Feb. 2006).

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