I love this article, as it highlights what we already have been suspecting for some time now. That these scientific studies are unreliable.
Tomatoes are bad! No, tomatoes are good! Coconut oil is bad for you. No wait, it’s actually really good for you! Don’t eat eggs. Eggs are good!
I don’t even listen to these reports anymore because they have contradicted themselves and common sense for decades now.
[From Reproducibility Initiative Study Replication – Business Insider – ]
Most science journals put up multiple barriers to ensure that faulty studies don’t get published, for example, peer review committees. Most think these panels of independent scientists reviewing the work of another is enough to make sure bad science and shoddy workmanship doesn’t get published in their journals, at least, not in high amounts. What if they are wrong? Recently, more and more studies of the reproducibility of modern scientific studies that is, their ability to be recreated by scientists that weren’t involved in the original work have been making news. A study by biotech giant Amgen failed to reproduce 47 of 53 landmark cancer studies. That’s 88 percent of the studies. Retractions are also rising. Multiple cases of large numbers of fraudulent studies have made the news recently because they have had to be retracted from the journals they were published in, either because of faulty figures, made-up data or just accidental mix-ups.