Dominant gene probably caused some of defects ascribed to thalidomide

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7125.149a (Published 10 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:149
  1. Dick Smithells, Emeritus professora
  1. a 5 North Grange Mews, Leeds LS6 2EW

    Editor—The journal Teratogenesis, Carcinogenesis and Mutagenesis published a highly controversial paper by Huang and McBride purporting to show experimental evidence which might “explain” second generation defects in the offspring of people accepted as having been damaged by thalidomide.1 Bower asks why the journal should publish this paper alongside a devastating critique by Neubert, a member of the journal's editorial board, saying that “the paper … contains so many inadequacies that it is …

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