Scientists call for retractions

Animal research supporters say journal published 'propaganda' while an antivivisectionist was on editorial board

Stephen Pincock
Mar 1, 2006
British supporters of animal research have called on the journal Biogenic Amines to retract a pair of articles they claim were motivated by antivivisection philosophy, not science.Simon Festing, executive director of the Research Defence Society (RDS), made the request in an Email sent to the journal's editor in chief, Hasan Parvez, last month. "We would like to state our deep concern that your journal is becoming a vehicle for extreme antivivisection propaganda," he wrote.The two papers in question were both published in 2005 and authored by Jarrod Bailey, scientific director of Europeans for Medical Progress (EMP), a group that says animal research is not supported by scientific evidence. In the first paper, entitled "The Future of Teratology Research is In Vitro," Bailey and two co-authors conducted a "comprehensive systematic review and analysis" of decades of data obtained from animal experiments, and argue that "these methods constitute questionable science and...

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