Viewpoint: Biologist Tyrone Hayes, author of suspect atrazine weed killer study, nominated for EPA’s Scientific Advisory Panel

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U.C. Berkeley biologist Tyrone Hayes remains controversial for his claim that atrazine harms frogs. Image: New Yorker

Comments opened on the recent EPA nominations to serve on the Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) …. The name at number 7 on the list is of particular concern ….

Professor Tyrone Hayes of [the University of California] Berkeley, #7, is not a good choice for this EPA SAP because his seminal work, which caused an EPA SAP to be called, has never been validated. It was not even used in the SAP his work caused to be called because he refused to turn over his data to EPA, claiming that EPA was colluding with pesticide companies. That is not a constructive voice for an advisory body.

[Editor’s note: Read Viewpoint: How ‘lazy journalists’ helped anti-pesticide biologist Tyrone Hayes needlessly scare the public to learn more.]

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In 2002 Professor Hayes and a group of his subordinates got a paper titled “Hermaphroditic, demasculinized frogs after exposure to the herbicide atrazine at low ecologically relevant doses” published in Proceedings of the National Academies of Science. It claimed that field level exposures of an herbicide, atrazine, was resulting in the vocal abilities of frogs being warped ….

As later exposed by the Wall Street Journal, his paper was not peer-reviewed, it was hand-walked past peer review by a member of the Academy. His friend David Wake, whose wife was running Hayes’ department, used a then-existing “courtesy” mechanism to review the paper himself ….

Read full, original article: My Comment To EPA Recommending Tyrone Hayes Not Be Admitted To The FIFRA SAP

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