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When “Follow the Science” Becomes “Follow The Money”

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the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, on Saturday , we ran a story on the Ridgewood blog on how scientists mishandled and effectively derailed the initial inquiry into the origins of the SARS-CoV2 virus.

It appears that the twisting or changing of scientific data by scientists themselves isn’t uncommon. A survey of 108 researchers in fields such as nutrition, sexual health, physical activity, and substance use found that 18% of respondents said that they have felt pressured by funders to make changes in their work.

Some interference came from industry sources, such as drug companies, but to the surprise of the survey administrators, more respondents reported receiving pressure from government funders seeking to influence research findings. In some cases, respondents said some funders attempted to discredit members of their research teams when they were not pleased with study results.

In recent months that is exactly what has been happening to dissidents who criticize lockdowns as a policy during pandemics, such as the authors of the Great Barrington Declaration.

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