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Scientists Call for Nature Medicine to Retract Paper Denying Wuhan Lab Accident

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re: scientific fraud

Real science is never settled, and anyone who has certainty on such things is not qualified to discuss it.
Corrollary: “The greater the financial interests in a field, the less likely the research ought to be true.”

Scientific fraud is everywhere, whether it is at Stanford or formerly respectable* journals like The Lancet or Nature Magazine or JAMA. You name it, it’s a dirty business, all about follow the money when it comes to publishing papers (journals make most of their money publishing reprints of studies, an inherent conflict of interest).

See also: U.S. Virologists Collaborate with Chinese Research Group Identified as National Security Risk

* Respectable entitities are almost always dirty and ugly under the covers, with a false front maintained by money and power and cognitive commitments and rationalizations instilled during institutiionalized training (like monkeys) in highly respected places. Critical thinking is a distant 10th place in higher education today.

The DisInformation Chronicle: Scientists Call for Nature Medicine to Retract Paper Denying Wuhan Lab Accident


Number of virologists caught lying to Congress continues to grow

Internal communications finding that virologists did not believe the conclusions they published in a prestigious journal has triggered scientists to circulate a petition calling for Nature Medicine to retract the influential “Proximal Origins” paper that denied the possibility of a lab accident in Wuhan, China, and misled the public during the pandemic’s first crucial years. Within days, the petition garnered over 1,300 signaturesand set the hashtag #RetractProximalOrigins trending on Twitter.

The torrent of virologists’ internal communications became public following a House hearing earlier this month, during which Scripps Research’s Kristian Andersen submitted false testimony about the Nature Medicine paper. Last week, The Intercept published newly revealed documents finding that Andersen and his co-author, Robert “Bob” Garry of Tulane University, both lied to Congress during the House hearing about whether they had pending federal grants controlled by Anthony Fauci that could have been used as to influence them.


WIND: there are surely hundreds of thousands of fraudulent studies and many more “paper mill” fake studies out there. Only a tiny fraction are retracted.

How many doctors and scientists still believe these corrupt publications (and the “news” also)? How many have the courage to speak out against the antithesis of science eg the “consensus” view? Precious few, those are national treasures.

Science has self-immolated from COVID, not that it was better prior. It just helped reveal the venal and dishonest low lifes in the industry, many of who are still submarined.

Science and scientific studies and scientists have become a used car lot run by shysters. Sawdust in the gear box stuff. No rational person with open eyes can ever trust “science” except over long periods of time. But even then, “science” often turns into dogma, as the debunked cholesterol hypothesis shows.

As for medical journals, it’s all about bribery; it’s called “reprints”:

Money from Reprints —’s insanely profitable for journals to take money from Big Pharma... Who needs journalistic ethics when there’s a Mercedes in the driveway?

BTW, why isn’t Congress giving criminal referrals for lying to Congress (a crime)? Congress is the last bastion against government abuses. It is critical that lying to Congress be punished, at least in such cases.

See also: Taibbi: Covid's Origins and the Death of Trust

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