In the New York Times, John Tierney writes that having a corporate connection does not necessarily bias a researcher’s work and adds that “the growing obsession with following the money too often leads to nothing but cheap ad hominem attacks.” Tierney says there are two reasons why journalists and ethics boards first look at funding when evaluating someone’s work: “laziness” and “snobbery.” He adds:

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