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Two Nobel Prize Judges Harriet Wallberg and Anders Hamsten likely to be Dismissed over Stem-cell Doctor Scandal in Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute

The panel that awards the prize is dismissing two judges for their roles in a scandal over disgraced stem cell scientist at Stockholm's Karolinska Institute.

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FILE - Screen showing the Nobel Prize medal during the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Dec. 10, 2010. Image source: VOA
  • The 50-member panel of judges that awards the Nobel Prize will dismiss two of its judges
  • Karolinska Institute had allegations of scientific misconduct towards the stem-cell scientist Dr. Paolo Macchiarini
  • Macchiarini has been accused of in cases of false conduct too
The panel that awards the Nobel Prize in medicine is dismissing two judges for their roles in a scandal over disgraced stem cell scientist at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute.

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Nobel Assembly secretary Thomas Perlmann told Swedish news agency TT on Tuesday that Harriet Wallberg and Anders Hamsten would be asked to leave the 50-member group, which will announce the annual award next month.

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Wallberg and Hamsten have already left high-ranking jobs at Karolinska amid scathing criticism of how the institute handled allegations of scientific misconduct against stem-cell scientist Dr. Paolo Macchiarini.

Once considered a pioneer in windpipe transplants, Macchiarini was fired after being accused of falsifying his resume and misrepresenting his work. (VOA)

 

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk Explains Why he Thinks “Coronavirus Panic is Dumb”

Both virality, fatality rate of COVID-19 overstated: Elon Musk

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After his controversial tweet that the "coronavirus panic is dumb", Tesla CEO Elon Musk has made an attempt to explain why he thinks so. Wikimedia Commons

After his controversial tweet that the “coronavirus panic is dumb”, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has made an attempt to explain why he thinks so. This is the latest news.

In his replies to a Twitter user, Musk on Sunday said that both the virality of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and fatality rate are overstated.

“Virality of C19 is overstated due to conflating diagnosis date with contraction date & over-extrapolating exponential growth, which is never what happens in reality. Keep extrapolating & virus will exceed mass of known universe,” the Tesla and SpaceX CEO reasoned.

Globally, coronavirus infections crossed 100,000 while killing over 3,500 people. In the US, the number of infections has exceeded 500 and the death toll due to the virus reached 22.

“Fatality rate also greatly overstated. Because there are so few test kits, those who die with respiratory symptoms are tested for C19, but those with minor symptoms are usually not. Prevalence of coronaviruses & other colds in general population is very high,” Musk said.

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Elon Musk said that both the virality of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and fatality rate are overstated. Wikimedia Commons

In reply to the tweets, some users asked Musk to do more research.However, Musk’s contention that the coronavirus panic is dumb has drawn severe criticism from several quarters. Responding to Elon Musk, mathematician Nassim Nicholas Taleb tweeted, “Saying the coronavirus panic as dumb is what’s dumb.”

Taleb is the author of the Incerto, a five volume philosophical essay on uncertainty published between 2001 and 2018 of which the most well known books are “The Black Swan” and “Antifragile”.

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Another Twitterati found Elon Musk’s tweet “senseless”. “Billionaires should not exist. And this kind of senseless disregard for the well being of vulnerable members of our society helps prove why,” wrote the user. (IANS)