Within the scientific community, the peer-review process is widely held to be the gold standard of reliability and veracity, offering readers a degree of confidence lesser papers simply can’t muster.
And so last month when The Lancet, one of the world’s most prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals, announced a promising COVID-19 treatment had been proven to be not only ineffective, but also a danger to anyone taking it, the ramifications were swift and far-reaching.
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Two weeks later, however, the paper was embarrassingly withdrawn because the data could not be verified, and may well be false. Given the stakes involved with a global pandemic, it’s one of the biggest scientific humiliations in recent memory.