Monday, December 11, 2006

Conflicts of Interest

Related to the 'Pfizer is in Trouble' post on the bayblab, is a story from the BBC that Professor Sir Richard Doll, the scientist who is credited with linking smoking with lung cancer, took some money inappropriately from some chemical companies. Sounds like he got away with it because discloser was not an issue back in the day. Pretty disappointing that someone who is kind of a hero of science, knighted by the queen and all, may have contributed to public distrust of science.


Bayman said...

Good thing the tobacco companies didn't have him on the payroll. I wonder what the health of western society would be like if he never published those findings linking smoking and lung cancer. Hmmmm...I wonder if that work was funded by Monsanto?