February 8, 2021 | MicrowaveNews.com | Source
Alexander Lerchl’s Unfounded Claims of Fabricated Data from Vienna Lab
13-Year Campaign of Disinformation
“A German court of appeals has ordered Alexander Lerchl to stop smearing the authors of two papers which show that mobile phone radiation can break DNA and possibly cause cancer. For more than a decade, Lerchl, a professor of biology at Jacobs University in Bremen, has charged, without evidence, that the experimental data from Hugo Rüdiger’s lab at the Medical University of Vienna (MUV) were fabricated.
In its long-awaited decision, dated December 11, 2020, and released at the end of January, the Hanseatic Higher Regional Court of Bremen threatened Lerchl with a fine of up to €250,000 (~US$300,000), or six months in prison, if he continues to falsely disparage the Rüdiger papers. The penalties would apply each time Lerchl violates the court order. Lerchl must also pay €20,000 in court costs.
Since 2007, Lerchl has repeatedly called for the two papers showing RF–induced DNA breaks to be retracted. The first, on 2G radiation, was published in Mutation Research in 2005; the second, on 3G radiation, appeared in the International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in 2008. Following extensive investigations beyond the original peer reviews, the editors at both journals refused. The papers remain in the scientific literature.
Rüdiger’s DNA experiments were part of the REFLEX* Project, a €3.1 million effort to assess the health risks of cellular phone radiation. Sponsored by the European Commission (EC), it ran from 2000 to 2004. A dozen labs in seven countries participated under the direction of Franz Adlkofer, then at the Verum Foundation in Munich. Over time, REFLEX became all but synonymous with the Rüdiger DNA studies.
Lerchl “failed to meet the required burden of proof that the REFLEX studies were in fact falsified,” the court stated in its 20-page opinion. The new decision cannot be appealed, according to the ruling.
“The allegations of forgery have now been proved to be fictitious,” Adlkofer told Microwave News in an email exchange. “Over the years, Alexander Lerchl never shied away from any kind of lie in order to achieve his goals. The time for consequences has arrived.” Adlkofer is a director of the Pandora Foundation, based outside Berlin. The foundation paid the costs of the litigation.
Lerchl has been the best funded lab researcher on RF health effects in Germany —and in all of Europe— over the last 20 years. (See “Rich Rewards for Bad Behavior”.) Now there are calls for his most recent government contract to be cancelled and that he be removed from an international advisory panel.”
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