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Secrecy Dispute Pits Brown Researcher Against Company

Science  25 Apr 1997:
Vol. 276, Issue 5312, pp. 523-525
DOI: 10.1126/science.276.5312.523a

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Faculty members at Brown University are in an uproar over what appears to be a classic industry-academic research conflict. An occupational health physician claims that his research on an outbreak of lung disease at a local textile plant is being suppressed by a Brown-affiliated hospital and the plant's owner, and that his clinic was closed in retaliation. The company says the results are too premature to publish, and the hospital--which denies retaliating against the researcher--says he is bound by a confidentiality agreement not to publish them.