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Sperm count culture war: An important science discussion about declining male fertility has become yet another victim of post-modernist ideology and political correctness

Sperm count culture war: An important science discussion about declining male fertility has become yet another victim of post-modernist ideology and political correctness

Attempts to make science conform to ideology have enjoyed a long and dispiriting history. For many centuries, religion was the ...
Podcast: Bad science in the headlines—Epidemiologist Geoffrey Kabat explains how to spot flawed research on Google News

Podcast: Bad science in the headlines—Epidemiologist Geoffrey Kabat explains how to spot flawed research on Google News

Genetic Literacy Project | 
A just-published study found that consuming two or more sugar-sweetened beverages in a day is linked to a doubling of ...
Viewpoint: Epidemiology in crisis? Scientists and health journalists need to embrace ‘skeptical science.’ Here's a checklist for detecting over-hyped scares

Viewpoint: Epidemiology in crisis? Scientists and health journalists need to embrace ‘skeptical science.’ Here’s a checklist for detecting over-hyped scares

Since the outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, epidemiology has assumed an outsized role in the public consciousness. It has been ...
Viewpoint: Advocacy disguised as journalism? Meet Carey Gillam, the prolific purveyor of crop biotechnology and agri-chemical disinformation

Viewpoint: Advocacy disguised as journalism? Meet Carey Gillam, the prolific purveyor of crop biotechnology and agri-chemical disinformation

Genetic Literacy Project | 
When it comes to science, how much do media narratives influence public opinion and policy? The answer is, a lot ...
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Viewpoint: Will 5G harm you? Activist groups succeed in stirring conspiracy health risk phobias, as New York State legislature prepares to debate ‘growing evidence’ of harm

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Two bills were recently introduced in the New York State legislature (in the Assembly and in the Senate) to establish ...
Glyphosate on trial: In an 'unequal contest' between science and emotion, can evidence overcome pesticide-cancer fears?

Glyphosate on trial: In an ‘unequal contest’ between science and emotion, can evidence overcome pesticide-cancer fears?

Genetic Literacy Project | 
Recently, I was asked to speak about the weedkiller glyphosate on Radio Colombia. As is often the case with media ...
Viewpoint: New York Times' Nicholas Kristof echoes scientifically dubious fears about falling sperm counts and ‘endocrine disrupting’ chemicals

Viewpoint: New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof echoes scientifically dubious fears about falling sperm counts and ‘endocrine disrupting’ chemicals

The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof has shown an admirable commitment over the years towards highlighting under-reported stories. He fights ...
Coffee reduces risk of heart failure? What are we to make of a new study based on artificial intelligence (AI)

Coffee reduces risk of heart failure? What are we to make of a new study based on artificial intelligence (AI)

Genetic Literacy Project | 
When I was starting out in epidemiology in the early 1980’s I attended a lecture by Thomas Pearson, a cardiologist, ...
Misleading glyphosate-cancer study Part 2: 'Symptom of a widespread problem'—Concerns about ideological activism in science research and communications

Misleading glyphosate-cancer study Part 2: ‘Symptom of a widespread problem’—Concerns about ideological activism in science research and communications

Genetic Literacy Project | 
For the better part of five years, a coalition of environmental groups and tort lawyers (aided by the mainstream press) ...
The glyphosate debacle: How a misleading study about the alleged risks of the weedkiller Roundup and gullible reporters helped fuel a cancer scare

The glyphosate debacle: How a misleading study about the alleged risks of the weedkiller Roundup and gullible reporters helped fuel a cancer scare

Genetic Literacy Project | 
As biotech giant Bayer prepares to spend $10 billion settling thousands of lawsuits alleging its weedkiller Roundup (and its active ...
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Podcast: Glyphosate boosts cancer risk 41%? How a questionable claim from a flawed study went viral

Genetic Literacy Project | 
As a rule, scientific research is relegated to obscure technical journals and goes unnoticed by most people. Every few months, ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Health impact of chemicals doubled in last 5 years’? Gullible media misreporting flawed studies mislead the public

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“Plastics and pesticides: Health impacts of synthetic chemicals in US products doubled in last 5 years, study finds," a July ...
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In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Daniel Defoe’s account of London’s 1665 bubonic plague offers a shock of recognition

Genetic Literacy Project | 
Pandemics have punctuated recorded history going back to ancient Greece and Egypt. However, the novel coronavirus pandemic is unfolding in ...
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Podcast: The misused meta-analysis—How statistical trickery yields impressive but bogus study results

Genetic Literacy Project | 
A meta-analysis allows researchers to compile data from many smaller studies and, hopefully, find more conclusive answers to critical public ...
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Viewpoint: Coronavirus journal—Anatomy of a pandemic

Genetic Literacy Project | 
The first case of what we now know to be COVID-19 was diagnosed on November 17, 2019 in Hubei province ...
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Viewpoint: We’ll learn a lot from the coronavirus outbreak, but it will be ‘paid for in blood’

Genetic Literacy Project | 
The coronavirus outbreak, now a pandemic spreading at an exponential rate throughout the world, is upending our routines, certainties and ...
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Remember the questionable study claiming glyphosate boosts cancer risk 41%? Lead author reasserts her claim, EPA refutes it, and we take a second look

Genetic Literacy Project | 
Sheppard and her co-authors are intent on favoring data that appears to support the existence of a risk from glyphosate ...
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Viewpoint: How the glyphosate-cancer controversy became a moral crusade—and a threat to scientific progress

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Sometimes the clear weight of evidence coupled with a dose of common sense is enough to show what’s right ...
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Podcast: Epidemiologist Geoffrey Kabat explains how junk science gets published—and how to spot it in the headlines

Genetic Literacy Project | 
Bad research can put people's lives at risk, so addressing problems with peer review is essential ...
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Podcast: Glyphosate, cancer and ‘corporate conspiracies’–“Regulatory capture” by anti-science activists in the Roundup controversy

Genetic Literacy Project | 
Our useful threat-detection instinct has been warped into a serious handicap as we attempt to evaluate risks to our health ...
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Podcast: Glyphosate, cancer and clickbait, Part 2: Epidemiologist Geoffrey Kabat analyzes ‘flawed’ Roundup-cancer verdicts

Genetic Literacy Project | 
Does Bayer's weed killer Roundup (glyphosate) cause cancer? Three California juries have said yes, while a global consensus of experts ...
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Podcast: Glyphosate, cancer and clickbait: Epidemiologist Geoffrey Kabat on how to spot junk science in the news

Genetic Literacy Project | 
A Google search for "glyphosate" returns 10,300,000 results—conflicting news stories, opinion articles and videos of varying accuracy. Some of these ...
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Viewpoint: Defending IARC’s designation of glyphosate as carcinogenic undermines evidence-based science

Genetic Literacy Project | 
The apologetics of the decision's defenders are becoming all too predictable ...
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Talking Biotech: Epidemiologist Geoffrey Kabat debunks flawed glyphosate-cancer meta-analysis. Were the mistakes deliberate?

Genetic Literacy Project | 
A skeptical look at the latest glyphosate-cancer study reveals critical errors ...
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41% glyphosate-cancer increase claim under fire: Did authors of new meta-study deliberately manipulate data or just botch their analysis?

Genetic Literacy Project | 
Among other lapses, The Zhang paper does not mention the serious science and ethical questions raised pertaining to IARC’s assessment ...
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Blasting rodents with cell phone radiation increased cancer risk. Here’s why that means nothing for humans

Genetic Literacy Project | 
Last week the National Toxicology Program (NTP) issued an update on the results of the largest animal experiment to assess ...
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There are literally no more studies we can do to show glyphosate is safe, expert says

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Several days ago I wrote a column about the wrong-headed claim that glyphosate is a carcinogen and the huge number of tort ...
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