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Kristin Shrader-Frechette

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195325461

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195325461.001.0001

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 Private Science, Public Injury

 Private Science, Public Injury

(p.76) 3 Private Science, Public Injury
Taking Action, Saving Lives

Kristin Shrader‐Frechette

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins by explaining why the complexity of health-related science often makes it susceptible to manipulation. It then shows what some special interests do when they literally “buy” private-interest science through front groups, think tanks, and “hire education” (“hire education” refers to industry funding of academic research that serves its corporate goals). The chapter surveys how private-interest science is done — with incomplete data, contraindicated models, inadequately sensitive tests of pollution damage, and so on. Finally, the chapter shows how and why private-interest science often leads to death, injury, and flawed ethics.

Keywords:   environmental health risks, front groups, think tanks, hire education, private-interest science, health-related science

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