A growing number of researchers in academia are receiving private funds for conducting research, and scientists who accept industry money need to follow a set of rules -- 19, to be precise -- for handling ethical issues, according to the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB).The recommendations include avoiding companies that ask scientists to postpone publication of research results, and having trusted peers review the relationship. "The vast majority of researchers really are guided by the highest ethical and professional motives," said FASEB President Leo T. Furcht at a meeting with reporters last week (July 14). "Our scientists and physician-scientists want to do the right thing, if they know what the right thing is."Over the past decade the percentage of industry support of academic research through contracts and grants, consulting, and licensing arrangements has grown significantly compared to public funding. About one-fourth of academic faculty members receive research...

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