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We Like to Think of This as One of Those "Creative Differences"

A report from the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services charges that the "National Institutes of Health do almost nothing to monitor the financial conflicts of university professors to whom it provides grants," says this story in the New York Times.

But the NIH stands strong on its laissez-faire attitude, the article adds; it quotes Norka Ruiz Bravo, NIH deputy director for extramural research, as saying, "For us to try to manage directly the conflict-of-interest of an NIH investigator would be not only inappropriate but pretty much impossible."