Animal studies, reported well, include careful framing and clear caveats

Here at, we’ve been known to be critical of news articles making health care claims that are based on research in animals. For recent examples, see these news story reviews:  

Invasive weed kills superbugs? All we know is it might work in mice

WaPo story generalizes findings of small study on mice to pregnant women

WSJ reports: Milk collected at night makes mice sleepy

I want to make something clear: We’re not saying news outlets can’t cover basic science....

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