Oops on the reporting

Jennifer Couzin-Frankel writes in the most recent issue of Science that widespread coverage of a study reported on New Year’s Day failed to acknowledge the nuances of the research: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/347/6219/224.full.pdf

I provided a post and link to an msn story about the referenced research study on January 2, so I guess that makes me one of the guilty who’s added fire to the fury. Or not.

As stated in Couzin-Frankel’s commentary, the communication of risk in science is complex, so it’s unsurprising that journalists, advocates, even scientists unintentionally misrepresent findings to the public.

The upshot?

When it comes to asking whether a significant portion of some cancers are caused by uncertain factors, the answer is no. Or maybe yes.


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