Friday, February 21, 2014

Science done correctly and un...

I was inspired to post on Body Impolitic The Search for Science without Bias when I read a study examining the phenomenon of lab animals gaining weight over the past few decades even though they live for generations under totally controlled conditions. The study suggests further research to find out why this is happening. Hint, they're not "eating more and moving less" or sneaking down to the fridge for midnight snacks and lying about it.

This also brings up some topics such as the extreme erosion of ethics in many areas of scientific research. Product-promoting reports masquerade as research and the both the popular media and (sadly) some researchers themselves often tailor experimental results to better fit the most popular prejudices of our time.

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