‘Don’t trust anything you read’

“It was disappointing that, with such clear evidence about the effects of carrageenan on inflammation, the FDA did not restrict the use of carrageenan, particularly in infant formula.”

Joanne Tobacman, associate professor of clinical medicine, on the safety of carrageenan, a food additive, March 18 Chicago Tribune


“This was a good time in my life to do what I thought was interesting. I didn’t mind taking an adventure. I didn’t mind going someplace new.”

Rachel Ressler, a recent graduate of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs who is working as a city planner in the fracking boomtown of Williston, N.D., March 17 Chicago Tribune


“I tell my students, don’t trust anything you read in the popular press. Even if there is a [peer-reviewed scientific] paper, there’s often a disconnect between what is in the paper and in the popular press.”

Peter Doran, professor of earth and environmental sciences, on later-discredited reports by Russian scientists that they had found a new form of bacteria in an Antarctic lake, March 12 Christian Science Monitor

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