Science in the Private Interest: Has the Lure of Profits Corrupted Biomedical Research?

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2004 - Medical - 247 pages
Something has changed in the culture and values of academic science over the last quarter-century. University science is now entangled with entrepreneurship, and researchers with a commercial interest are caught in an ethical quandary. How can an academic scientist honor knowledge for its own sake, while also using knowledge as a means to generate wealth? Science in the Private Interest investigates the trends and effects of modern, commercialized academic science. This book dives unhesitatingly into some of modern science's messiest and most urgent questions. How did scientists begin choosing proprietary gain over the pursuit of knowledge? What effects have academic-corporate partnerships had on the quality and integrity of science? And, most importantly, how does this affect the public?
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
TALES OF THE UNHOLY ALLIANCE
9
UNIVERSITYINDUSTRY COLLABORATIONS
27
KNOWLEDGE AS PROPERTY
57
THE CHANGING ETHOS OF ACADEMIC SCIENCE
73
THE REDEMPTION OF FEDERAL ADVISORY COMMITTEES
91
PROFESSORS INCORPORATED
107
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST IN SCIENCE
125
THE SCIENTIFIC JOURNALS
163
THE DEMISE OF PUBLICINTEREST SCIENCE
177
PROSPECTS FOR A NEW MORAL SENSIBILITY IN ACADEMIA
197
REINVESTING IN PUBLICINTEREST SCIENCE
215
SELECTED BOOKS
233
INDEX
235
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
247
Copyright

A QUESTION OF BIAS
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\Sheldon Krimsky is professor of urban and environmental policy and planning at Tufts University. He is the author of six books and over 100 essays and reviews.

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