In the latest of a long line of developments, Columbia University appears to have withdrawn its name from a linkurl:2001 study;http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=11584476&query_hl=7&itool=pubmed_docsum in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine co-authored by Korean researcher Kwang Yul Cha. During the study, prayer appeared to boost the success of in vitro fertilization (IVF), even though infertile couples weren?t aware of the intervention. Columbia?s Rogerio Lobo, formerly the last author, linkurl:withdrew his name;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/15149/ from the paper in November, 2004 after critics raised questions about the study?s methodology and conclusions. Another co-author, Daniel Wirth, is currently in prison for defrauding the Adelphia cable company of more than $2 million. Since we linkurl:covered;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/20040614/04/ the story, Bruce Flamm, an obstetrician/gynecologist based at Kaiser Permanente and the University of California, Irvine, has tirelessly contacted officials at Columbia, asking them to explain why they affiliated themselves with the work. It appears his efforts have paid off. Now, Flamm sees comparisons between...
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