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Beset by Lawsuits, IBM Blocks a Study That Used Its Data

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Science  14 May 2004:
Vol. 304, Issue 5673, pp. 937-939
DOI: 10.1126/science.304.5673.937

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IBM recently moved to block publication of findings concluding that former workers at its computer-chip factories faced increased risks of dying from certain cancers, arguing that it had turned over the data only for use in a lawsuit, and that a judge had ruled that the analysis could not be introduced as evidence in a trial because it was irrelevant and could be confusing to jurors.