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As de Lange et al. clearly state themselves, their result is only significant at the population level anf for large numbers and it has no predictive value whatsoever. Also, as far as I can tell, they have not tested or corrected for the effect that living with and caring for children can have in keeping one young.


Although I can certainly empathise with Romero-Olivares, I think she's wrong. It's not so much the substandard English itself, although that certainly makes reading and understanding more of an effort than need be, but the cases where important statements become confusing, ambiguous or unintelligible. That said, I agree reviewers should concentrate on the science – editing the language is up to the publisher and with their outrageous profit margins they certainly could afford it. But the sad fact is, they just won't bother and ultimately the reviewers' responsibility is to the readers. There is enough misapprehension and misinterpretation of science results already not to add to it unnecessarily.


I have heard about Golden Rice so often and for so long, that I had assumed it to have become a wide-spread staple long ago. Reading Wight’s review of Regis’ book has come as quite a shock.

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