As the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded, research to find a treatment, create new testing procedures, and develop a vaccine, is happening at a pace not normally experienced in the halls of science. Results from studies and experiments are shared before the usual reviews have taken place, and the media is eagerly waiting to pick up the results. When science does what science is supposed to do and examines the research, results might be set aside, and work starts again. The public seldom sees this process unfold as we are right now.
Countries around the world are pouring billions of dollars into research without extensive leadership or coordination for the thousands of laboratories and institutions around the world. What is being lost and what is being gained in the search for answers?
Science is usually a long and arduous process of sampling and resampling, as opposed to one definitive experiment which answers once and for all whether a hypothesis is true says our guest on today's podcast.
Jonathan Kimmelman is a Professor of Biomedical Ethics Unit at McGill University and he helped me understand what is happening in research over the last few months.
I started off asking him to help me define hypothesis in the research context.