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Peer Review: Can We Rely On It?


A paper published in Nature Neuroscience has been widely criticised after discussing the release of the painkilling molecule adenosine when acupuncture needles were applied to mice and rotated behind the knee at what, in humans, acupuncturists call the Zusanli point. However, the paper did not conduct any control studies, such as whether the same levels of adenosine were released when needles were applied away from acupuncture locations. See box below.

By Stephen Luntz

Science depends on peer review. Is sloppy or hurried review a serious problem, and if so what can we do to fix it?

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