Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 367–373

Private Interests Count Too

Commentary on “Science, Democracy, and the Right to Research”

DOI: 10.1007/s11948-009-9137-2

Cite this article as:
Frankel, M.S. Sci Eng Ethics (2009) 15: 367. doi:10.1007/s11948-009-9137-2


Along with concerns about the deleterious effects of politically driven government intervention on science are the intrusion of private sector interests into the conduct of research and the reporting of its results. Scientists are generally unprepared for the challenges posed by private interests seeking to advance their economic, political, or ideological agendas. They must educate and prepare themselves for assaults on scientific freedom, not because it is a legal right, but rather because social progress depends on it.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Scientific Freedom, Responsibility and Law Program, American Association for the Advancement of ScienceWashingtonUSA

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