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Reactions to a recent news story calling for a journal to retract antivivisectionist papers

Katy Taylor, John J. Pippin, and Claude Reiss
To the Editor:We were deeply disturbed to hear in your March 2nd article "Scientists call for retractions" that the Research Defence Society (RDS) is now challenging even the publication of papers by scientists who are opposed to animal experimentation. The motivations or beliefs of a paper's author or authors should not be relevant to its publication -- only the quality and relevance of the science. The journal has made clear that the original paper by Dr Bailey was peer-reviewed. Those who have concerns about its scientific qualities should address them in the usual way, and those who don't like the perceived attitudes of its author should not try to censor a vital scientific debate. Indeed, if the RDS are so confident they are right, why should they even want to do so?Katy Taylor Science Co-ordinator The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, 16a Crane Grove London, UK...

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