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About those lionfish

We’ve been monitoring the situation surrounding a south Florida lionfish study that’s been blowing up the headlines thanks to a feel-good story about a young student’s science fair project and a subsequent controversy surrounding a former grad student who feels slighted for having his name left out of the research. We decided not to comment on it while the story unfolded and wove its way through a dozen twist and turns.

Rather than rehashing events now, I point you to Spiny media battle highlights importance of scientific credit by Bethany Brookshire and If a 12-year-old’s “breakthrough” sounds too good to be true… by Tara Haelle as the most comprehensive and authoritative dissections of this unfortunate chain of events.


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