by Jim West (please share and cite)
It was announced on March 12, 2020, that the COVID-19 virus was isolated by a Canadian Lab. See this press release from McMaster University:
Because Medicine has an extremely bad reputation, this mere announcement cannot be taken at face value. How bad is Medicine? Many examples abound, as exemplified by John Horton, Senior Editor of The New England Journal of Medicine, who admitted that in general, 50% of published Medical studies are likely invalid. [JRappoport]
Unpublished studies should then be even more untrustworthy. This study will be published possibly in September 2020, but under what terms? Peer-review, or just a description without going through a critical gauntlet?
Even if it were published, it would not survive dissident criticism. See how to argue against virology. Their avoidance of environmental toxicology invalidates their work.
When I find that this study is published, I will return to review the announced study.
Off-hand I can say that this is not a seminal discovery, but a followup of prior work by other scientists who claim to have discovered and properly characterized COVID-19 virus. The earlier, seminal study should be critiqued.
This study does not attempt to prove the existence of COVID-19 virus, and it does not verify for itself that it is actually working with COVID-19 virus. It is taking on faith the word of prior work, as the basis for its work, and it is overlooking flaws in prior work.
The title is stunning, "key role in isolating COVID-19 virus... urgent research".
The title, like much Medical news, stresses emergency and "urgency", and that attitude encourages everyone including the scientists, to skip a close read of the details.
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