Flawed Ebola study in Science

By August 12, 2016Publications

In a technical comment in Science, we show how a study published in 2015 by Hoenen, Feldmann, and others was based on faulty analyzes and a misunderstanding of the findings. The original article by the authors, as well as a later published erratum, failed to account for significant data analysis errors performed by Hoenen and colleagues. 

In addition to faulty data analysis, the original article also made several wrongful conclusions, that were unfounded and based on a misunderstanding of the data itself, as well as the analysis methods used. In their reply to our technical comment, the authors continue to perpetuate faulty conclusions and show a lack of understanding of the underlying evolutionary theory and analysis methods.

Our technical comment in Science

Reply by Hoenen and colleagues

Our original article in Science

Hoenen et al. original article

Hoenen et al. erratum