IN BRIEF: conflict of interest; neuticles

  • Forty-four scientists working for the US National Institutes of Health have violated ethics rules on working with pharmaceutical companies, according to a review of conflicts of interest by government researchers. Nine of them may have violated criminal laws. The results of the review were described in a letter from NIH head Elias Zerhouni to a Congressional committee. He asked that the information remain confidential, but two committee members released it, citing "compelling public interest".


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