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What, you might ask, are scientists employed by the federal government doing simultaneously consulting for two companies that are ostensibly direct competitors?

That is the question members of a House subcommittee asked top legal and ethics officials in the Department of Health and Human Resources in May, in response to complaints that scientists employed by NIH and FDA were allowed to engage in consulting practices that, at the least, gave the appearance of impropriety.

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