When Scientific Research and Legal Practice Collide

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Science  28 Sep 2012:
Vol. 337, Issue 6102, pp. 1608-1609
DOI: 10.1126/science.1225644

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The modern historical record and an ongoing dispute between BP and academic researchers reveal that the U.S. legal system can be exploited to attack scientific research and academic thought when it challenges entrenched interests or beliefs. These legal practices erode the ability of scientific research and academics to function properly.