Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Commerce and the Academy

The February 24 New York Review of Books features Richard Horton's review of Sheldon Krimsky's new book, Science in the Private Interest: Has the Lure of Profits Corrupted Biomedical Research? To judge from the review, the book (which we have not read) argues that university research has become too financially intertwined with the world of commerce, and that the integrity of the scientific enterprise is suffering as a result.

The review doesn't mention it, but Ralph Nader wrote the foreword.
Fed. R. Evid. 702: If scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge will assist the trier of fact to understand the evidence or to determine a fact in issue, a witness qualified as an expert by knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education, may testify thereto in the form of an opinion or otherwise, if (1) the testimony is based upon sufficient facts or data, (2) the testimony is the product of reliable principles and methods, and (3) the witness has applied the principles and methods reliably to the facts of the case.