Ebola: An Example of Fake News, Trickery, Imperialism and Other Pitfalls Penetrating Science

Ebola: An Example of Fake News, Trickery, Imperialism and Other Pitfalls Penetrating Science

March 19, 2018

Address

727 E. Tyler St.
Tempe, AZ 85287

Location

Biodesign Institute, Auditorium

Date and Time

April 26, 2018, 12:00 pm (Length: 1 hour 0 minutes)

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Jens H. Kuhn, M.D., Ph.D., M.S., Lead Virologist, National Institute of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Integrated Research Facility at Fort Detrick

“Fake news” is an emerging phrase used for inconvenient (or truly false) information spread by mass media outlets. However, the manipulation of information and the spread of “facts” not rooted in robust or even any data also is rampant among scientific experts. Using the example of Ebola, I will demonstrate how many things commonly known among scientists about filoviruses are, in fact, either wrong or grossly misleading and how the publishing imperialism and an overwhelmed peer-review system in small subspecialties actually suppresses existing data while maintaining myths and fantasy.

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