The Scientist magazine reported on the ACS meeting incident. Here is Chad Mirkin’s response to their questions:
Mirkin disagrees with Levy’s assessment of the endosome entrapment. “Levy’s narcissistic approach is akin to, ‘I bought an airplane, and I can’t make it fly. Therefore, planes don’t fly, despite the fact that I see them all above me,’” he tells The Scientist.
Mirkin stresses the number of studies in which the probes have been used successfully: “There is no controversy . . . There are over 40 papers reporting the successful use of such structures, involving over 100 different researchers, spanning three different continents,” he writes to The Scientist in an email. “I think the data and widespread use of such structures speak to their reliability and utility for measuring RNA content in live cells,” he adds.
After “dishonest Rafael [sic] Levy and his band of trolls“, “scientific terrorist” and “scientific zealot“, I suppose the “narcissist” ad hominem, could be considered more moderate?
As The Scientist notes, I am hardly the only one who cannot make the SmartFlare plane fly. And the plane manufacturer has stopped selling its product and does not answer questions from journalists.