Do planes fly and other difficult scientific questions

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 “narcissistad hominem, could be considered more moderate?

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Echo and Narcissus, John William Waterhouse, 1903, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. Narcissus, too busy contemplating his image, cannot see Echo let alone planes flying above him.

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.

2 comments

  1. I came to know about this from a link on Retraction Watch that led to The Scientist link you posted.

    I am stunned how the framing of the issue can be so equivocal when there is no testimony from anyone showing that they can fly the thing that is claimed to be a plane.

    What terribly goonish behavior to sling the word “terrorist” like that.

    Way to go Raphael et al., I always do my best to highlight your work to colleagues etc. to show that there is hope in the institution of science.

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