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What Happened With That Bogus Hydroxycholoroquine Study?

This week on PODCAST-19, we examine a scientific scandal: When a paper in a major medical journal reported that hydroxychloroquine harmed COVID patients, the World Health Organization and other institutions suspended their clinical trials of the drug. But a group of Twitter sleuths uncovered evidence that not only was the paper inaccurate, but the data may even have been fabricated. How could this paper have been released in the first place? And what could it mean for the future of scientific publishing?

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Anna Rothschild was FiveThirtyEight’s senior producer for video.

Sara Reardon is a science journalist and contributor to FiveThirtyEight.

Jake Arlow is a former producer for FiveThirtyEight.