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Although disappointed, we are not surprised that Trasande's response tries to avoid a serious discussion of legitimate scientific issues by accusing those who disagree with him of being unduly influenced by industry.
One could easily counter that the authors appear to suffer from ‘white hat bias’, defined1 2 as ‘bias leading to distortion of information in the service of what may be perceived as righteous ends’.
A consistent theme in the Trasande et al response to our letter is that scientists dedicated to factual and provable scientific facts are ‘manufacturing doubt’. Their obvious intention is to intimidate and quash legitimate …
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