（中文底本為Google Translate 之後修改）
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology brain sciences department and, separately, a group of some 200 neuroscientists from around the world have written letters to The New York Times claiming that a book excerpt in the newspaper’s Sunday magazine this week contains important errors, misinterpretations of scientific disputes, and unfair characterizations of an MIT neuroscientist who did groundbreaking research on human memory.
In particular, the excerpt contains a 36-volley verbatim exchange between author Luke Dittrich and MIT’s Suzanne Corkin in which she says that key documents from historic experiments were “shredded.” “Most of it has gone, is in the trash, was shredded,” Corkin is quoted as telling Dittrich before she died in May, explaining, “there’s no place to preserve it.”
Destroying files related to historic scientific research would raise eyebrows, but Corkin’s colleagues say it never happened.
“We believe that no records were destroyed and, to the contrary, that professor Corkin worked in her final days to organize and preserve all records,” said the letter that Dr. James DiCarlo, head of the MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, sent to the Times late Tuesday. Even as Corkin fought advanced liver cancer, he wrote, “she instructed her assistant to continue to organize, label, and maintain all records” related to the research, and “the records currently remain within our department.”“我們認為，沒有記錄被摧毀，並與此相反，柯金教授在她最後的日子裡，還將所有記錄組織並保存，”麻州理工學院的腦與認知科學系的負責人，詹姆斯·迪卡洛博士，在週二晚送到時報信中說道，即使柯金在與晚期肝癌戰鬥中，對相關的研究，“她指示助手繼續組織，標籤，並保持所有記錄”，“記錄當前仍然是我們的部門中。”