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Science in the private interest : has the lure of profits corrupted biomedical research?
Krimsky, Sheldon.
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Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, [2003]

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xiv, 247 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Tales of the unholy alliance -- University-industry collaborations -- Knowledge as property -- The changing ethos of academic science -- The redemption of federal advisory committees -- Professors incorporated -- Conflicts of interest in science -- A question of bias -- The scientific journals -- The demise of public science-interest science -- Prospects for a new moral sensibility in academia -- Conclusion: reinvesting in public-interest science.
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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?

Author Notes

Sheldon Krimsky is professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. He is the author of six books and more than one hundred essays and reviews

Table of Contents

Ralph Nader
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
1 Introductionp. 1
2 Tales of the Unholy Alliancep. 9
3 University-Industry Collaborationsp. 27
4 Knowledge as Propertyp. 57
5 The Changing Ethos of Academic Sciencep. 73
6 The Redemption of Federal Advisory Committeesp. 91
7 Professors Incorporatedp. 107
8 Conflicts of Interest in Sciencep. 125
9 A Question of Biasp. 141
10 The Scientific Journalsp. 163
11 The Demise of Public-Interest Sciencep. 177
12 Prospects for a New Moral Sensibility in Academiap. 197
13 Conclusion: Reinvesting in Public-Interest Sciencep. 215
Selected Booksp. 233
Indexp. 235
About the Authorp. 247