Over at In the Pipeline, Derek Lowe notes growing discord in the community about conflicts of interest in literature, commenting in particular on the issue of whether conflicts are worse in industry or in academia. "I think there's common ground to agree ... that all sorts of pressures exist to publish work that shouldn't be published, and that everyone has a common interest in making sure that this doesn't happen," he writes.

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