Beef dustup did science no favors

We aren’t going to pick sides on the merits of the research or the criticism. But we will take issue with the way this dispute has played out publicly and the disservice it does to scientific credibility.

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Opinion

January 30, 2020 - 10:22 AM

We Texans love our beef, and we don’t like it when someone suggests we shouldn’t.

Oprah did so on national television and a disgruntled cattle industry hauled her into a six-week trial in Amarillo, Texas, in 1998. Now, Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp has his own, pardon the pun, beef over beef, this one with Harvard University researchers, who accuse A&M researchers of conducting a biased, pro-beef study published last fall in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

We aren’t going to pick sides on the merits of the research or the criticism. But we will take issue with the way this dispute has played out publicly and the disservice it does to scientific credibility.

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