DATABASES: Corporate Disclosure

Science  25 May 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5521, pp. 1455
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5521.1455b

A new Web site aims to shed some light on the increasingly controversial topic of the proper relationship between academia and industry. The Integrity in Science site, from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), lets visitors search a database describing industry connections for 1200-and-counting researchers in fields such as biomedicine and environmental science. Find out that bioethicist Arthur Caplan serves on DuPont's biotech advisory panel, that global warming skeptic Patrick Michaels gets support from the coal lobby, and that 84 academic scientists have received industry funds to study or consult on olestra, the fat substitute.

Much of the information comes from public sources such as news reports, company press releases, journals, and Web sites, so CSPI's claim to have “lift[ed] the veil of secrecy” seems a bit of a stretch. Still, it's an interesting browse.

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