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    Dariusz Leszczynski: Where science and big money collide…

    From the blog: Between a Rock and a Hard place

    April 28, 2017

    Where science and big money collide, we enter a strange “twilight zone” of science politics, where various methods are applied to neutralize “inconvenient” science.

    One of the examples of such collision between science and big money is presented in, as always, a very good story from Louis Slesin: “Peer Review in the Raw”. From his long-time perspective as Editor of the “Microwave News” Louis is showing, yet again, that science and politics in EMF are a “toxic mix” for science.

    The story of Henry Lai and N.P. Singh reminded me of my first publication in EMF arena.

    In 2002 my research group published article that made worldwide headlines: “Non-thermal activation of the hsp27/p38MAPK stress pathway by mobile phone radiation in human endothelial cells: molecular mechanism for cancer- and blood-brain barrier-related effects.” by Leszczynski D, Joenväärä S, Reivinen J, Kuokka R; Differentiation. 2002 May; 70(2-3):120-9.

    Some of my colleagues asked why it was published in Differentiation and not in Bioelectromagnetics. Originally, our article was submitted indeed to Bioelectromagnetics. After few months of waiting we received response from the journal that arrived in the business envelope of Motorola. The reason for this “Motorola envelope” was simple, our article was handled by C.K. Chou, Associate Editor of Bioelectromagnetics who was at the time employed by Motorola.

    Our manuscript was flatly rejected. Interestingly, the “crown-reason” specified in the peer-review was that our results were not yet replicated (!). We were publishing the first evidence showing activation of stress pathway and it should not be published because it was not replicated? SNIP

    Read the full article here

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