The road between a lab experiment and public policy is long. Or it should… (Victor Jose Cobo / For The…)
Perhaps these headlines ring a bell: "Does high-fructose corn syrup cause cancer?"; "Fructose: The sugar of choice for cancer cells"; "High-fructose corn syrup linked to deadliest type of cancer"; and, of course, "Cancer cells slurp up fructose, U.S. study finds." ... All were published this week in the wake of a UCLA study on the effects (as observed in the lab) of glucose and fructose on pancreatic cell cancer metabolism.
Today, both the coverage and the study net a critical -- but illuminating -- posting from Orac over at the blog Respectful Insolence. The researcher's comments about the public health implications and the potential response from the federal government particularly rankled.
Orac writes: "I hate science press releases that hype a study beyond its importance. I hate it even more when the investigators who published the study make statements not justified by the study and use the study as a jumping off point to speculate wildly."
What follows is a lesson in overstatement and, even better, metabolism as it pertains to the study.
Always a pleasure...
-- Tami Dennis