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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
by Stephen Lendman
Teaching, learning, scholarship and preparing students for their life's work is what education should be all about, not profit-making.
Yet ties between academia and corporate interests have other aims in mind.
They more greatly harmed the public interest after enactment of the 1980 Bayh-Dole Act.
It lets colleges and universities patent discoveries, then license or sell them to private for-profit interests at the expense of the general welfare.
Corporations take full advantage, including by influencing academic research with their bottom line in mind — undermining independent objectivity.
The issue is most concerning on all things health and science related. Conflicts of interest abound.
Business decisions are made to benefit sales, profits, market share, and all else rewarding owners and/or shareholders.
Pharma ties to academia through funding research affect the relationshi
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