Monday, May 14, 2007

Brad Miller press release on Purdue bubble fusion

A press release of Brad Miller dated May 11 includes two issues:

#1. Dr. Taleyarkhan's claim to bubble fusion would not simply be a significant scientific achievement but would be a transformational event in human history.

#2. Miller states to Purdue that one of Purdue's goals is to teach scientific integrity to its students.

See also IPBiz post, Purdue to further investigate bubble fusion work of Taleyarkhan

One wonders if California's CIRM reminds its grantees about scientific integrity. The area of human SCNT, one which would be a "transformational event in human history," has been fraught with fraud, but CIRM did give millions to continue this research to Cha's RMI.

See More stem cell fraud uncovered

Sometimes it's what you don't say that matters, which includes the text:

Yet, in an article in the Feb. 17, 2006 issue of Science ["Schatten: Pitt Panel Finds 'Misbehavior' but Not Misconduct"], we have the text

"For example, Hwang told Schatten in January 2005 that some cell lines had been lost through contamination. But Schatten failed to realize from this that there was not enough time to grow and analyze new ones by 15 March when the paper was first submitted. He also failed to ensure that all 25 co-authors had approved the manuscript before submission."

One notes in footnote 8 to the 2005 paper [308 Science at 1783], the authors acknowledge that they complied with the January 2005 ethics rules of the Korean government and received approval on 12 January 2005. Thus, apart from the contamination issue, anyone looking at the paper knew, by what it said, that there was only time from January 12, 2005 (date of approval) to March 15, 2005 (date of paper submission), which anyone familiar with the art knew was not enough time to grow and analyze [11] stem cell lines. Further, the journal Science itself failed to ensure that all 25 authors (Hwang, Schatten, and SPECIFICALLY the 23 others) had approved (or even seen) the manuscript before submission. The fact that some co-authors had not seen it, and would not have approved it, probably produced the anonymous internet postings.

**On bubble fusion -->
An earlier press release from Purdue may be found here.


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