Dr. Offit says that researchers should handle findings differently when there’s a chance they might frighten the public. He thinks that small, inconclusive, worrying studies should not be published because they could do more harm than good. “Knowing that you’re going to scare people, I think you have to have far more data,” he explains.

Fuckin'A. We're here because Andrew Wakefield had an n of 6 and cherry-picked data. There is a demonstrable tendency of science alarmists to grab every little bit of data and run with the ball. I'ma go with Offit on this one since he is literally the Number One Bogeyman of the anti-vax crowd, rather than someone with an MA in journalism.

posted by francopoli: 165 days ago