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Red Wine Researcher Accused Of Faking Data

From a selectively skeptical Associated Press:

Red wine researcher accused of falsifying data

By Stephanie Reitz

HARTFORD, Conn. — A University of Connecticut researcher known for his work on red wine’s benefits to cardiovascular health falsified his data in more than 100 instances, university officials said Wednesday.

UConn [sic] officials said nearly a dozen scientific journals are being warned of the potential problems after publishing his studies in recent years.

The researcher, Dr. Dipak Das, did some studies of resveratrol, an ingredient in red wine that has shown potential for promoting health.

But Dr. Nir Barzilai, whose research team conducts resveratrol research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, told the Associated Press that Das is not a major figure in the field. The new allegations will not make a material difference to resveratrol research, which is being conducted extensively around the world with encouraging results from many labs, Barzilai said…

This sounds like the same thing we heard when so much of the global warming research turned out to be falsified. It doesn’t matter.

UConn officials said their internal review found 145 instances over seven years in which Das fabricated, falsified and manipulated data, and the U.S. Office of Research Integrity [sic] has launched an independent investigation of his work

Who knew there was such a bureaucracy? So has the US Office Of Research Integrity launched an independent investigation into Climate-Gate? If not, why not?

(We are kidding, of course.)

Eleven scientific research journals that have published Das’ work are being notified of the problems, which came to light after a three-year review sparked by an anonymous complaint in 2008 of potential irregularities in his research.

Haven’t there been complaints about potential irregularities in global warming research? We seem to recall quite a few.

The university’s health center recently declined to accept $890,000 in federal grants awarded to Das as its review was under way, and has frozen all other external funding for his lab.

So once again it would appear that a ‘scientist’ may have been willing to falsify his research for filthy lucre.

And notice that he was receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants from the federal government – not Big Wine.

They were probably earmarks from Congressional vineyard owners, like Nancy Pelosi.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, January 12th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Red Wine Researcher Accused Of Faking Data”

  1. Astravogel says:

    Dang! There’s goes my excuse to the wife about drinking it.
    At least we know now that global warming prevents Ice Ages,
    and Forest Fires Prevent Bears! (Note: If you’re out in the
    woods and find lots of used toilet paper, you’re in bear country!

  2. Reality Bytes says:

    FYI – Ravenswood Wine is owned by Mr & Mrs Pelosi. Not very good either. The wine I mean.

  3. proreason says:

    I expect to live long enough to see every scientific fact reversed or discredited. You really have to wonder if it pays to listen to anything you hear nowadays.

  4. Mithrandir says:

    In a fake world, filled with fake politicians, giving out fake money (from the printing press) to fake scientists to produce fake evidence to manipulate the industry in some fake way……what do you expect?

    Let’s see….how far down the list do you want to go?

    ◊ Pharmaceutical companies selling fake drugs that don’t work.

    ◊ Doctors prescribing fake drugs that don’t work for kick-backs from those companies.

    ◊ Doctors / Dentists / Chiropractors over-billing the gov’t or insurance companies for fake care or prescriptions.

    ◊ Car mechanics charging you for fake work.

    ◊ Fake used car salesman, selling you fake cars with fake odometer readings.

    ◊ Fake Dept. of Energy, after 30 years, we are still importing about 49% of our oil.

    ◊ Our fake moon landing. Just kidding about this one…Mmm, sort of…

    ◊ Fake news, with fake data, and fake journalists.

    ◊ Fake opinion polls to manipulate the population. (Me, nor my friends, nor any immediate or extended family have EVER been contacted by a pollster our entire lives)

    ◊ Religious leaders from mega-churches selling fake salvation.

    ◊ Fake data on AIDS in the 80s / 90s to funnel money to gay causes who fake that they have NO IDEA how AIDS/HIV is transmitted. Hmm, better spend another couple of billion on this one.

    ◊ Fake global warming to manipulate & control the masses.

    ◊ Fake T.S.A. that hasn’t stopped one terrorist.

    ◊ Fake swine-flu virus, and the gov’t pushing shots so members can get kickbacks from pharmaceutical stocks they own.

    ◊ Fake TARP money, that just gave union buddies money, FBI new computers, guard rail for a non-existent lake, university studies, “How black people vote.”

    ◊ Fake Dept. of Homeland security that can secure an airport bathroom, but can’t secure 1,969 miles of a porous southern border.

    ◊ Fake data on 911. Even 10 years later, no one has found any additional video on the Pentagon, the most video taped and secure place in the entire world.

    ◊ Fake elections using fake I.D.s to vote for fake candidates who don’t have any intention of carrying out their fake promises.

    ◊ Fake WMD data on Iraq.

    ◊ Fake Dept. of Education that doesn’t educate 1 child.

    ◊ Pakistan are our fake friends on the war on terrorism.

    ◊ Fake Republicans Arlen Specter, Dede Scozzafava, Lisa Murkowski, James Jeffords.

    ◊ Fake judges who get kick-backs from privately run juvenile detention centers.

    ◊ Fake facebook, nothing but a FBI data-collection hub.

    FAKE! Surprised that red wine data is rigged? –please! Everything else is, why not that?

  5. preparing4theworst says:

    I was contacted by a pollster once (before I got caller-id) and was asked about how I thought obama was doing….but then they told me there wasn’t an answer catagory of “geo-political and econmic moron”….so i told them there should be and hung up…

  6. canary says:

    When the report came out and people were enthused and I told them just eat the darn grapes instead.

    South Korea prosecuted, fined, and imprisoned one of their quack scientists who made a fortune on the side giving lectures.
    Any candidates saying they will do the same?

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