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Creative Penmanship in Animal Testing Prompts FDA Controls

Science  23 Dec 1977:
Vol. 198, Issue 4323, pp. 1227-1229
DOI: 10.1126/science.198.4323.1227


Inaccurate science, sloppy science, fraudulent science—these are the greatest threats to the health and safety of the American people. Whether the science is wrong because of clerical error, or because of poor technique, or because of incompetence, or because of negligence, is less important than the fact that it is wrong. For if it is wrong, and if the FDA did not know it was wrong, then the protective regulatory barrier between a potentially dangerous drug and the patient is removed.-SENATOR EDWARD KENNEDY (D-Mass.), in congressional hearings on preclinical testing.