Atrazine paper’s challenge: Who’s responsible for accuracy?

Study claims to have turned up many dozens of errors and misleading statements in a review of published data.

By Janet Raloff, 20:02 PM May 6, 2010

Buried within a new paper discussing conflict-of-interest issues is an intriguing little case study. It looks at risks to wildlife from atrazine — a widely used herbicide — as assessed by a massive peer-reviewed analysis of published data. It charges that this analysis “misrepresented over 50 studies and had 122 inaccurate and 22 misleading statements.”

Strong charges, and worth investigating. But after talking to the lead authors of the review paper and its critique, I come away with a sus...

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