Baltimore, David. "Dr. Baltimore Says ‘Sorry,'" Nature 351 (9 May 1991), pp. 94-95.

 

Baltimore, David. "Dr. Baltimore Says ‘Sorry,'" Nature 351 (9 May 1991), pp. 94-95.

This is Baltimore "public apology" to Margot O'Toole. It appears in Nature and is a pretty clear
statement. Here is its final paragraph:

In conclusion, I commend Dr. O'Toole for her courage and her determination, and I regret and
apologize to her for my failure to act vigorously enough in my investigation of her doubts. I
recognize that I may well have been blinded to the full implications of the mounting evidence by
an excess of trust, and I have learned from this experience that one must tempter trust with a
healthy dose of skepticism. This entire episode has reminded me of the importance of humanity
in the face of scientific data. (p. 95)

In one sense, this is a victory for O'Toole: Baltimore has admitted that he should have been
"more vigorous" and was "blinded." But he is not admitting that he was involved in any fraud
and he is not saying that O'Toole was right in any of her specific charges.