This is terrible news. Dr Dipak K. Das of the University of Connecticut, who spent years studying and reporting on the beneficial properties of resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, has just been found guilty of 145 counts of fabrication and falsification of data. (h/t WattsUpWithThat)
Fortunately, we are told, Dr. Das was not a “major player in the field,” and his misdeeds will not have a “major impact” on the field. There are apparently many other labs throughout the world that are studying the benefits of drinking red wine, with encouraging results.
So maybe this is not such terrible news after all, except when it comes to the notion of scientists having character and conscience.
And so, on second thought, maybe this is actually much worse news than I initially thought.