Friday, December 2, 2016

Research on the plastic in the fish challenged – Aftonbladet

Research. There are also questions about the research that shows that young fish in the Baltic sea eat mikroplaster. The researchers, who published their results in the journal Science last summer, is accused now for the cheats.

The pollution of the seas so far gone that the fish are eating the plastic?

In the beginning of June, two researchers at the Uppsala university research that suggests it. The research, published in the prestigious journal Science that had wide international impact, showed that young fish in the Baltic sea prefer small plastpartiklar, so-called mikroplaster, in front of plain food.

But shortly after publication research became questioned by researchers in several countries, including Fredrik Jutfelt, an assistant professor at the Norwegian technical university of science and technology in Trondheim.

– I do not want to comment during the ongoing investigation, but we are convinced that it is all about research misconduct, he says to TT.

Stolen computer

Science, the journal in which the research was published, have asked the scientists to disclose their raw data behind the results. But according to the researchers, was the laptop computer that contained the data was stolen out of a car, only ten days after its publication in Science.

Because the case dragged on for some time now publishes Science, an “editorial expression of concern” where the newspaper in the editorial warns that the raw data to the article in question is missing.

TT has been tried, but not managed to reach the accused scientists Oona Lönnstedt and professor Peter Eklöv for a comment. The latter with reference to he is on his way to a lecture.

– It is better that you talk to Oona about this, ” he says.

New questions

When the allegations became known, established, Uppsala university, an external investigation team that did not see any reason to go further with the case. But then at the end of June examines the Central ethical review board (CEPN) of the case, a review which is not yet complete.

– It has taken too long, ” says Pernilla Björk, director of communications at Uppsala university, to news agency TT.

Jörgen Svidén, director of CEPN, says that it has been difficult to find expert witnesses to the case and that new issues have emerged during the course of the study. That the raw data is missing does not make things easier.

this is a pretty ground-breaking results, and that there is no back up is strange. We have asked the researchers if there are copies, but so far we have not received any satisfactory answer, ” he says.


Doubt research

Three other examples of questionable american research revealed in the later time:

A professor at the Sahlgrenska academy at Gothenburg university is being investigated for the second time for suspicion of research misconduct. The suspicions are based in what can be bildmanipulationer in scientific reports.

A professor at Linköping university, was convicted in the spring for research misconduct since her artificial corneas had surgery on basically a blind person by a surgeon at the Filatov institute in Odessa, Ukraine. Hornhinnorna was either approved for or intended for experiments on humans, but the animal testing on pigs.

the Surgeon and researcher Paolo Macchiarini was employed at the Karolinska university hospital 2010-2013, and performed as many operations, including luftrörstransplantationer where three patients received new, synthetic trachea. Two of the patients died and the third was badly damaged. Two reports showed that both Karolinska institutet and Karolinska university hospital have committed a number of serious mistakes in the handling of the case.


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