Disproved Discoveries That Won Nobel Prizes
Perhaps the most clear-cut example hearkens all the way back to 1926, when Johannes Fibiger won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for “for his discovery of the Spiroptera carcinoma.” In layman’s terms, he found a tiny parasitic worm that causes cancer. Subsequent research conducted in the decades following his receipt of the award would show that though the worm definitely existed, its cancer-causing abilities were entirely nonexistent. So where did Fibiger go wrong?More.
Blogger Ross Pomeroy cites inadequate technology and improper controls, plus no one knew much about cancer back then.
One suspects also a desire that cancer be simple, but alas, it isn’t.
With so many Nobels awarded, doubtless many later ones will also fall victim over time. The best one can hope for is the best interpretation of the evidence today.
Life isn’t simple either.
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