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June 18, 2005

Scientist retracts paper after caught falsifying data

From the Scientist:

A highly cited 1997 paper on transcription-coupled repair was retracted by Science this week, after coauthor Steven Leadon, formerly of the University of North Carolina, was found guilty by a university committee of fabricating and falsifying data.

The research, which had been cited 227 times, reported evidence for one of the two prevalent hypotheses explaining the molecular correlates of Cockayne syndrome, a disorder that leads to death in early childhood.

But how can this be?!? The zealots of the Church of Evolution have assured us that Scientists are perfect, infallible and never, ever make mistakes nor let their personal opinions shade their “findings”. Even though the radio-metric dating methods used to claim that rocks and bones are millions or billions of years old have been shown to give false results when performed on material of known age — we are told to not pay any attention to the man behind the curtain, and believe what we're told without question (to question the religion of Evolution — the courts tell us — is to mix church and state)

Surely there must be some kind of misunderstand here, because if it's possible for scientists to [gasp] lie about what they tell us is real, then it might be possible for them also to [shudder] be mistaken as well.

Oh, say it ain't so, Joe.

Posted by Danny Carlton at June 18, 2005 08:07 AM

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