Good Science v Bad Science

For most, we’ve grown up believing in science to the point that it’s infallible. Whatever conclusion drawn must be taken as gospel.

However, scientists have gotten it wrong and will continue to do so. Some innocently, and some corrupted & influenced by others. Unreported logs, miscalculations, faulty equipment, human error. The list is endless in regards to getting it wrong with the greatest of intentions from the outset.

Lurking further into the truth is something more callous however. An underbelly of money, lies, greed & corruption.

What people don’t realise, is that there are many players in the game and not just the scientists themselves. Some are mere puppets acting accordingly to an already preplanned and already known conclusion no matter the results.

Vested interests from pharmaceutical companies like Roche and the case involving Dr. José Baselga at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He somehow forgot to mention the $3 million dollars he received from them after putting a positive spin on two Roche sponsored clinical trials.

The recent case of Dr. Brian Wansink who resigned at Cornell University after a year long investigation which concluded that “academic misconduct in his research and scholarship, including misreporting of research data”. He was also a top nutrition consultant for the George W. Bush administration who had a huge influence over dietary guidelines provided to the general population.

It’s time for scientific research to no longer be taken at face value. We need to peel away the layers, probe further and ask more questions.

Who funded the research? Who’s getting paid what and by whom? How involved is a vested party like a pharmaceutical or food company and to what degree do they have an influence?

Unfortunately, just like every corner and fabric of our society, science is not immune from corruption. It’s time to address this once and for all.