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In an opinion column in The New York Times, contributor Jack Hitt says it's common these days to see a lot of commentary attached to almost any scientific article or paper "worth reading." Skeptics and critics dissect the work and challenge the authors' conclusions, while proponents of the work add their arguments to bolster the point, and bloggers weigh in. At the end of the day, all this commentary inevitably becomes part of the research record.

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