Patients: Roundup gave us cancer as EPA official helped the company
Updated 3:06 PM ET, Tue May 16, 2017
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- Plaintiffs say the herbicide Roundup can cause non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
- The company says there's no evidence the ingredient glyphosate causes cancer
(CNN)Christine Sheppard fantasizes about her life before cancer. Before she had to take painkillers "all the time." Before she had to seriously worry about when she might die.
Health agency: Glyphosate is 'probably carcinogenic'
Company executive suggests 'ghostwrite'
Trudo Lemmens, a University of Toronto professor who specializes in health law, said ghostwriting in science "likely is quite common -- although it is difficult to know for sure how often it occurs."
He said ghostwriting is troublesome because "It undermines the entire trust we have in the scientific basis of reports written by experts if we allow them to be ghostwritten and if scientists put their names on it."
But are there any good reasons to ghostwrite a report?
"Science writers often write better than scientific experts themselves, and they have more time to do so at a lesser expense. That is how it is often defended," Lemmens said.
"But it has also clearly been used as a tactic to control the message and the presentation of evidence."