Misinterpretations in science

Misinterpretation by scientists is commonplace.

Consider this former misinterpretation of the role of hydrogen sulfide in inflammation:

“The research team investigated the role of H2S in endotoxic shock, which causes a fatal loss of blood pressure and extensive tissue inflammation. They discovered that when H2S is delivered in a slow and sustained manner, a potent anti-inflammatory effect is produced. Cell signalling molecules that drive inflammation, such as TNFα, IL-1, IL-6 and prostaglandins, were reduced while levels of the body’s own anti-inflammatory molecules (i.e. IL-10) were increased. Using  H2S donating molecules to control H2S delivery in the body could pave the way for the development of novel approaches to the treatment of inflammatory disorders.

Dr. Matt Whiteman from the Peninsula Medical School, Exeter commented: “We have known for a few years that  H2S levels in tissue and blood are markedly elevated during inflammation. It was assumed that this was a bad thing. However, our research is suggesting that  H2S could be elevated as part of the body’s way to limit inflammation.”

– http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/05/090521084542.htm

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