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Alleged Scientific Misconduct Allowed in Roundup Cancer Trials (1)

Jan. 30, 2019, 9:11 PMUpdated: Jan. 30, 2019, 10:16 PM

A federal court in California will allow disputed evidence relevant to hundreds of lawsuits over Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide.

At a Jan. 28 hearing, Judge Vince Chhabria decided to permit evidence of Monsanto’s alleged attempts to “ghostwrite” scientific studies supporting the company’s claims that its glyphosate-based Roundup herbicide does not cause cancer.

Ghostwriting is the practice of writing scientific studies and paying outside scientists to list their names as authors on the final publication.

The evidentiary ruling relates to the first three roundup cases under a sprawling multidistrict litigation (MDL) of more than 600 cases overseen by Chhabria. Monsanto is now...

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