Covering fraud, hype and controversy. Thomas Abraham . Objectives. Two case studies of scientific controversies in the media. The right way and the wrong way to handle these. Science, Feb 13 2004. If you are not clear about stem cells, go back and re-read the “Cloning Trevor” story..
Covering fraud, hype and controversy
Science, Feb 13 2004
Injection of donor cell (WS Hwang)
“The scientist that changed the world - Hwang Woo-Suk” – poster appearing on Korean public transport during Hwang’s period of popularity.
Saunders R , Savulescu J J Med Ethics 2008;34:214-221
''We will be sitting here with the best scientists in the world watching things on television,'‘ Dr. Jose B. Cibelli, professor of animal biotechnology at Michigan State University.
Donald Kennedy, editor in chief of Science: ''I think there is no question that the degree of restriction imposed now on stem cell research in the U.S. has in fact given other nations some significant advantages.''
''Already many biologists not only from America but the Asian countries have made a visit to his lab,'' Dr. Moon said of Dr. Hwang's lab at the news conference. ''He says they call it 'fantastic,' 'unbelievable,' 'a cloning academy.' ''
PD Notebook: Investigative TV show broadcast by Munhwa Broadcasting
1. The paper was published in Science
2. Difficult to find other experts to either confirm or back up the charges
3.Personal trust in Hwang and his status as a hero
4. Lack of experience and knowledge in reporting science
“A three year old boy was given the MMR injection without his parents consent, it was revealed yesterday.
Michael Whitefield’s mother had paid for him to have separate injections for measles, mumps and rubella at a private clinic because of her concerns over the triple jab.
But her son was given the controversial vaccination by mistake by a nurse.
MMR has been linked to autism and bowel disease, leading to a dramatic fall in uptake.”
(Honda et al, No Effect of MMR Withdrawal on the incidence of autism: a total population study. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 2005)
( Madsen et al, A Population Based Study of Measles, Mumps and Rubella Vaccination and Autism, New England Journal of Medicine Nov. 2002)
“The debate about MMR-autism rages on and
the Danish study is but another weak link in the
chain promoted by those who, it appears, would vaccinate and be damned…the Danish study does nothing to alter my view that MMR is probably the cause of autism..”John P Hepponstall, Director, Morley Acupuncutre Clinic and Alternate Therapy Centre