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Can Plants See? In the Wake of a Controversial Study, the Answer’s Still Unclear
A tiny pilot study found that so-called chameleon vines mimicked plastic leaves, but experts say poor study design and conflicts of interest undermine the report.
Can Plants See? In the Wake of a Controversial Study, the Answer’s Still Unclear
Can Plants See? In the Wake of a Controversial Study, the Answer’s Still Unclear

A tiny pilot study found that so-called chameleon vines mimicked plastic leaves, but experts say poor study design and conflicts of interest undermine the report.

A tiny pilot study found that so-called chameleon vines mimicked plastic leaves, but experts say poor study design and conflicts of interest undermine the report.

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Sheldon Krimsky, Leader in Science Policy and Ethics, Dies at 80
Lisa Winter | May 19, 2022 | 2 min read
Krimsky warned strenuously about the corrupting power of money in science.
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Most Medical Papers Didn’t Disclose Industry Payments: Preprint
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Jan 24, 2022 | 2 min read
Authors of papers published in JAMA and NEJM received millions in undisclosed payments in 2017, an analysis finds.
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José Baselga, Renowned Oncologist, Dies at 61
Asher Jones | Mar 22, 2021 | 2 min read
The cancer researcher and executive vice president of AstraZeneca’s oncology research and development is well known for his role in the development of pivotal breast cancer therapies.
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ProPublica Creates Database of Researchers’ Conflicts of Interest
Jef Akst | Dec 9, 2019 | 1 min read
The nonprofit newsroom has collected more than 29,000 disclosures of faculty members’ outside income, but they represent just the tip of the iceberg.
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Opinion: The “Money Culture” in Academic Biomedical Research
David Rubenson | Mar 29, 2019 | 4 min read
A drive for revenue is damaging basic science.
NIH Raises Concerns About Foreign Influence in Biomedical Research
Catherine Offord | Feb 8, 2019 | 2 min read
Information made public by US Senator Chuck Grassley reveals that a handful of allegations have recently been referred to federal investigators.
Industry Partners Extensively Involved in Trials They Fund
Catherine Offord | Oct 5, 2018 | 2 min read
A new study suggests that sponsors downplay their influence when reporting trials carried out in collaboration with academic researchers.
Top Breast Cancer Researcher Didn’t Disclose Financial Ties
Ashley Yeager | Sep 10, 2018 | 2 min read
José Baselga of Memorial Sloan Kettering took millions of dollars from drug and health care companies but did not report the payments in his research articles.
Anheuser-Busch Won’t Fund Controversial NIH Alcohol Study
Shawna Williams | Jun 11, 2018 | 2 min read
The company’s announcement comes weeks after enrollment was suspended.
Scott Pruitt’s Questionable Practices Exposed
Kerry Grens | Apr 3, 2018 | 2 min read
The EPA administrator had a sweet rental deal from a DC lobbyist, took pricey flights, and engineered whopping pay raises for aides.
NIH Turned Down Investigators Who Provoked Ire From Alcohol Industry
Shawna Williams | Apr 3, 2018 | 2 min read
An email exchange and an unusual meeting suggest a connection between an institute’s pursuit of industry support and the rejection of a grant application.
Editors Claim Censorship at a Public Health Journal
Jef Akst | Nov 21, 2017 | 2 min read
The editorial board at the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health accuses its publisher of promoting corporate interests.
Many Editors of US Medical Journals Receive Industry Funding
Shawna Williams | Nov 8, 2017 | 2 min read
The authors of two new studies on the payments suggest stricter guidelines are needed.
National Academies Revise Conflict of Interest Policy
Ashley P. Taylor | May 3, 2017 | 4 min read
The proposed changes follow revelations in recent years that committee members preparing reports for the Academies did not disclose industry relationships. 
PubMed-Indexed Abstracts to Include COI Statements
Tracy Vence | Apr 19, 2017 | 1 min read
Expressions of concern will also be linked in study summaries. 
Study: Hidden Conflicts of Interest Permeate Medicine
Diana Kwon | Jan 18, 2017 | 2 min read
Three investigations reveal the influence of industry money in patient advocacy groups, treatment guidelines, and Twitter feeds. 
Q&A: From FDA to Industry
Kerry Grens | Sep 27, 2016 | 5 min read
Among a subset of US Food and Drug Administration regulators who leave the agency, more than half go to work for pharmaceutical companies, researchers report.
Study: Transparency Lacking in Biomedical Literature
Anna Azvolinsky | Jan 4, 2016 | 3 min read
Few authors make their full data available and most published papers do not clearly state funding sources and conflicts of interest.
Using FOIA to Read Scientists’ Emails
Kerry Grens | Sep 8, 2015 | 2 min read
Journalists and activists use the Freedom of Information Act to expose academics’ relationships with industry.
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