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Can Scientific Research Into The Cat Be Trusted? — 3 Comments

  1. I think you’re probably correct in the assumption that they were using the material to get their paper published, thinking no one would be the wiser. It makes me wonder if these papers are ever checked against work already done. Seems like it would be easy to do this research with Google.

  2. When I look at scientific statements, I look at who did the research. I also “follow the money” to see who might benefit from the results of the research. For example when studies are cited that cats are decimating the bird population, it helps to know whose doing the research, and to keep in mind other factors that are being ignored.

    I’ve seen statements on research done by pet food companies that are clearly a way to influence people to buy their food.

    Right now research is being done to find salmonella in raw pet food (not canned or dry). This is obviously an attempt to prove that raw pet food is harmful, while completely ignoring the fact that almost all the recalls
    involve canned or dry pet food, not raw. But, unfortunately people will be swayed by this biased study.

    • Yes, good thinking Sandy. Bias in scientific reporting is not uncommon but what surprised me was the out-and-out fraudulent behavior of scientists in copying the material of others and using it in the wrong context. I presume that what they cared about was simply getting a paper published to advance their career. Whether it was accurate or not was secondary.

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