Conflicts of Interest in Science

........A recurring theme in the guru's experience with the EMF issue is the problem of: how easily industry and its vested interest "partner" - government - can influence the research process on the EMF matter. They can! They have! And, they do! That will be disputed, of course, by some. But not -- I think -- by very many of those persons (including many scientists) who have endured this EMF struggle, from a tight-in insider view, over a substantial period of time. The "influence" is likely to be subtle. One is not dealing here with "bribery" in the traditional sense of that word. But there are many forms of "inducement" -- ranging from expense paid "trips", consulting or expert witness assignments, endowments to the research lab or college, "the promise or prospect of research funding" (often in the million$$$$); and, of course, future employment.... In addition, there are powerful "shared cultural values" about the desirability and certainty of our "new technology world" ... which can produce a common basis of scientific ideology or "groupthink" perspective when conducting the research and "weighing" the evidence..... The public is not a part of all those influences, which tend to "unite" the vested interests and the researchers on the "inside" -- while "the public" remains on the outside. It is "the public interest" which often suffers as a consequence.... This file will address that "conflict of interest" issue in all its


Drug industry conflict of interest: 30 Mar, 02

Vested Interests & EMF/RF Safety Standards, 1977!! and in BEMS, 2001!!: 4 Jan, 02

The Spanish "cooking oil" scandal: 29 Aug, 01

Suppressing Dissent in Science (LANCET): 31 Jul, 01

Conflict of Interest in Toxic Chemical Review Process: 21 Jul, 01

Money buys science: 21 Jul, 01

BEMS (BioElectroMagnetic Society) conflict of interest: 20 Jun, 01

American Cancer Society, conflict of interest: 20 Jun, 01

Lancet editorial critical of FDA: 29 May, 01

Integrity in Science

Lancet on commercial influence in research (Weeks)....: 5 May, 01

Scientists Often Mum About Ties to Industry: 27 Apr, 01

Lancet on "commercial influence" in research: 21 Apr, 01

Ford's Generosity: 1 Mar, 01

UK High Court knows about "conflict of interest": 30 Jan, 01

Conflict of interest -- Public v Private: 26 Jan, 01

Money, Ethics, and Clinical Trials: 31 Oct, 00

Indirect funding to avoid appearance of Conflict of Interest: 23 Sep, 00

Judicial Conflict of Interest: 22 Sep, 00

"Duty, Honor, Country" in the World of Science.....: 19 Aug, 00

EPA involved in conflict of interest cover-up: 25 Jul, 00

Lack of News Coverage viz "Conflict of Interest": 1 Jun, 00

Conflict of Interest Policy at Harvard: 26 May, 00

FDA and the Tambocor scandal: 18 May, 00

New England Journal of Medicine Editorial: 18 May, 00

NEJM says Conflicts of Interest Endanger Research: 18 May, 00

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