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How About Some Intellectual Honesty?

It's time for scientists to speak up when something's not right.

Richard Gallagher

What would you do if you found out someone had created a company based on technology in your field, but was refusing to produce sample products, earning congratulations and awards from all and sundry, and even taking thousands of dollars from consumers? What if you had no reason to think that the company's use of the technology was valid? And what if you found out the company's CEO had served jail time for fraud?

In this month's issue, you'll read about one such company, Allerca. They want to bring the world a $4,000 hypoallergenic cat. Trouble is, they won't show anyone the kitties, and their science is - well, judge for yourself. We sent our staff writer, Kerry Grens, out to southern California to track down details of the company. Read her report on page 32. Then ask yourself why no one came forward without prompting to question the...

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