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Why unreliable tests are flooding the coronavirus conversation

Experts say that COVID-19 testing has now entered a “Wild West” phase. Inaccurate, unauthorized tests for the coronavirus are flooding the market due emergency deregulation of oversight. Compounding that, flaws in collecting data and analyzing results can produce misleading estimates—many of which would normally be caught by the peer-review process, a safeguard built into academic publishing. But in the mad dash to make sense of this pandemic, many research teams are instead leaning on press releases or unreviewed articles called preprints to spread the word.  Read more.....

 

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