Update: October 13, 2013 Email of apology from Alan Weisleder, co-owner of Biology-online.org, to Dr. Danielle Lee. Ofek has been terminated.
Update, approximately 11:00 am, PDT, Sunday October 13, 2013. Mariette DiChristina has published an explanation for Scientific American's removal of Danielle N. Lee's blog post.. Smells of Rhincodon typus innards to me.
So Dr. Lee, understandably irate, blogged about this exchange at her blog at Scientific American, The Urban Scientist. And the blog managers at SciAm later deleted the blog post.
As you might imagine, there is a deserved ongoing furor, mostly directed at SciAm.
But let's not lose sight of the original insult.
- Who is behind Biology-Online.org? (Yes, there's an about page, but it isn't very transparent).
- What is Biology-Online.org's business model? In other words, what is the financial relationship between Biology-Online.org and SciAm?
- Biology-Online's whois information is here.
- Who is this Ofek person, and is he or she being paid by biology-online.org?
- This Ofek person behaved badly, as a representative of Biology-Online.org. What is that organization going to do about it?