Epilogue A Parable for Our Time

in Science for Sale

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780226306254
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226306261 | DOI:
Epilogue A Parable for Our Time

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This chapter presents a fictional story about the problems related to the commercialization of academic research. A newly appointed president of a university announced a fund raising goal of $10 billion and resorted to fraudulent activities to attract funding. When it was found that the university fabricated reports of clinical trials based on nonexistent experimental subjects and several of the patents held by the university were challenged, the president was forced to resign.

Keywords: academic research; university president; fund raising goal; clinical trials; scientific fraud

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Subjects: Ethical Issues and Debates

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