How serious a problem is Bisphenol A, the hormone-like substance that leaches from some plastic water bottles? The answer: how would we know? According to investigative reporter, David Case, most of the studies of bisphenol A toxicity are sponsored by corporations that spin the results. Take a look at his most interesting January 14 report, The real story behind bisphenol A.
In theory, whoever is paying for a study should not matter. In practice, the sponsor matters a lot. It’s not that scientific investigators are corrupt; most aren’t. But sponsorship – perhaps unconsciously – influences the design of studies as well as their interpretation. According to Case, the bisphenol A studies are a good example of this phenomenon. You can find other examples filed under Sponsorship.