Live chat: Scientist Laura Manuelidis and the debate over "mad cow"

Science, the online journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, will host a live chat with Yale neuropathologist Laura Manuelidis, who disputes the widely held scientific belief that misfolded proteins called prions cause “mad cow” and other related brain diseases.

The chat will be held at 3 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 26.

In its announcement of the discussion, Science writes: “Some scientific views, such as Earth revolving around the sun, get accepted over time. Others, like the idea that climate change isn’t happening, become marginalized as data build up to counter them. But when the evidence is still in flux, you don’t know which way the story will end. When should a scientist give up on a hypothesis they believe? When should they hang on for dear life? And what impact does debate like this have on scientists like Manuelidis and the general public?”

Click here to visit the site where the live chat will take place. Visitors may leave questions on the site for Manuelidis before the chat starts.

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