Published November 12, 2013 by OSP
Needless to say, both humans and preclinical studies have limitations--we can't spot every error, and there's only so much a mouse model can tell us. But that doesn't mean basic science research and preclinical studies are useless or even irrelevant. What it means is that we have to take new studies with a grain of salt. Scientists know that early research in peer-reviewed literature is largely speculative and exploratory. The challenge for those of us covering this research is sifting through all the releases touting new "scientific breakthroughs" and putting animal studies in context for readers.