People… trot out half-truths, in full expectation and knowledge that they will create a false impression. And then, when others act on the false impression, the “truth-telling liars” can sit back and pretend that they aren’t liars. They get the benefit of lying, without any damage to their precious self-image.
My comment: It is more difficult for others to determine who benefits from half truths when more than one individual or research group fails to link biologically-based cause and effect. When two groups use the same model organism, but no model, they are not likely to report the truth about biologically-based cause and effect, .