09 June 2005

Keep This In Mind Next Time You Read "Scientists say ..."

At the same time, these two articles appear on Yahoo News: Many Scientists Admit to Misconduct, and Stem Cell Advocates Meet, Plan Strategy.

From the misconduct article:

The new survey also hints that much scientific misconduct is the result of frustrations and injustices built into the modern system of scientific rewards. [...]

"Science has changed a lot in terms of its competitiveness, the level of funding and the commercial pressures on scientists," Martinson said. "We've turned science into a big business but failed to note that some of the rules of science don't fit well with that model."


From the strategy article:

HOUSTON - Scientists gather routinely at the Texas Medical Center to share research. But they are meeting this weekend in enemy territory for a war-room session on political strategy.

Advocates of embryonic stem cell research from the fields of academia, politics, health care and medicine — including South Korean cloning pioneer Hwang Woo-suk — are plotting ways to quell opposition and get the research money flowing.

[...]

"This is a war on behalf of science," said Neal Lane, a senior research fellow at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, a co-sponsor of the meeting.
So science is big business, focused on raising money. And science is politics, focused on raising money. Hmmmmm..

OK, I'll ask ..... when is it, just, you know, science?