Stanford coronavirus research: Did politically-motivated scientists hype their speedy study? - 2020-05-24
In the race to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the world's scientists have embraced a radically new method of disseminating information about their research, offering it quickly and without filters in the effort to understand and control this deadly disease.
But their new communication model is striking at the heart of scientific integrity, publicizing research that has been corrupted by speed, sloppiness and opacity. And now the academic world is being roiled by a question for which millions of lives hang in the balance: Is the public being well-served by the fast and free flow of research — or dangerously misled?
Nowhere is the question over scientific conduct louder than at Stanford University, where a trio of researchers are accused of promoting faulty analysis and "tipping the scale" on antibody studies that they say proves the virus is more widespread and less lethal than we feared, and that public health restrictions are too strict.