When it behaves like Hollywood, it deserves to
David Coppedge cites various instances of untrustworthiness, including:
What’s not in the news headlines or titles of Alzheimer disease articles? #InMice (PLoS Biology). Mouse models are routinely used to test treatments on humans, but researchers often fail to reveal the fact. These authors feel that humans and mice are too different to transfer findings from mouse models. Look what can happen when the media fails to disclose that fact:
Around 200 rodent models have been developed to study AD [Alzheimer’s Disease], even though AD is an exclusively human condition that does not occur naturally in other species and appears impervious to reproduction in artificial animal models, an information not always disclosed…. We found a significant association (p < 0.01) between articles’ titles and news stories’ headlines, revealing that when authors omit the species in the paper’s title, writers of news stories tend to follow suit. We also found that papers not mentioning mice in their titles are more newsworthy and significantly more tweeted than papers that do. Our study shows that science reporting may affect media reporting and asks for changes in the way we report about findings obtained with animal models used to study human diseases.
David Coppedge, “Science Prestige Crumbles ” at Creation–Evolution Headlines (June 19, 2021)
Question: Do we really know that animals do not get Alzheimer? Maybe, whereas humans get care homes, animals get eaten. So how would we know?
See also: That time they invented scientists as well as research papers…