Regulating scientific research: should scientists be left alone?

  title={Regulating scientific research: should scientists be left alone?},
  author={Kristen Intemann and Inmaculada de Melo-Mart{\'i}n},
  journal={FASEB journal : official publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology},
  volume={22 3},
In our current political climate, decisions about whether to fund research on new stem cell lines or do chimera experiments seem to arbitrarily depend on the religious and economic interests of the administration. Not unreasonably, many scientists believe that science should be left to its own devices in determining research priorities and conducting research. When nonscientific considerations constrain research, it is claimed that values are inappropriately dictating scientific decisions. This… CONTINUE READING
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