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Some pretty interesting things here about the IARC glyphosate decision: (ht @tamarhaspel) reuters.com/investigates/s…
As a rule, I' uncomfortable comparing 'draft' documents with final docs, because we don't know the deliberation leading to those changes.
It is pretty common for conclusions to change from positive to neutral, or neutral to negative, etc. when reviewing data.
So the fact that these changes were made in the IARC document isn't evidence of any kind of wrong-doing or cover up, IMO.
BUT: I think the changes that were made and are reported by Reuters here expose some double standards from the IARC panel.
IARC excluded data that it knew provided evidence of non-carcinogenity because it wasn't yet published. reuters.com/investigates/s…
But in reviewing the published studies, they repeatedly deleted study conclusions from the published works' conclusion, and inserted this:
One would assume the reason IARC only reviewed published studies was because they wanted to rely on the peer-review process.
But IARC repeatedly dismissed the conclusions of those peer-reviewed studies whenever they found glyphosate non-carcinogenic.
So they wouldn't accept positive data bc it wasn't published, AND they wouldn't accept positive results from published articles without data
I'm not one for conspiracy theories, but that is a pretty odd set of choices to make, if the goal is really to figure out the truth.
I understand the desire to reanalyze old studies, since methods change. Updated analyses of those older studies can be useful. BUT...
If the plan was to re-analyze the published data anyway, then I see no reason to exclude additional data on the basis it wasn't published.
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