[COVID origins] Will "Proximal Origin" be retracted before 2025?
Dec 31

A petition is circulating to have the paper, "The proximal origin of SARS-CoV-2", published in Nature Medicine in March 2020, retracted.

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I'm borrowing a bit from @jacksonpolack's /jacksonpolack/will-i-agree-with-nate-silvers-clai For a very critical take on the paper:


Here’s the scandal. In March 2020, a group of scientists ... published a paper in Nature Medicine that seemingly contradicted their true beliefs about COVID’s origins and which they knew to be misleading. The paper, “The proximal origin of SARS-CoV-2”, has been cited more than 5,900 times and was enormously influential in shaping the debate about the origins of COVID-19.

In the Slack and email messages, the authors worked to manipulate the media narrative about COVID-19’s origins and to ensure that their private uncertainty wasn’t conveyed in conversations with reporters. They also thought they were going to get away with it. “The truth is never going to come out ”, wrote Rambaut in one message


Resolves YES if an official retraction notice is issued by the authors or by the editors of Nature Medicine (or both), or if the authors publish another letter, comment, or article substantially correcting the relevant claims made in the original piece.

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Do the authors need to be the ones to "retract" the paper? Or would it count as "retracted" if the editors of Nature magazine removed it

@KevinBurke the authors or anyone officially associated with the journal (editors I suppose, but I don’t know their internal structure too well). I have clarified the criterion in the description.

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Base rates folks, base rates.

@kingmidas True. Though this one is kind of an outlier in terms both of publicity and plausible malpractice.

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I don't think either the authors of the paper or the journal's editors want to see this retracted

@jacksonpolack Of course not. Doesn’t mean they’ll never have to.

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