Straight talking and the myth of ‘independent’ research

Nature Medicine (14, 1006 – 1007; 2008) features a question and answer session with Senator Charles Grassley. “What would a trim 75-year-old grain farmer have to say about drug safety and the payments given to medical researchers by drug companies? Lots, if he happens to be Charles Grassley, who has represented the state of Iowa in the US Senate since 1980. As the senior Republican on the Senate’s finance and judiciary committees, he has carved out a role as a relentless watchdog who acts as a magnet for whistleblowers in government agencies ranging from the US Department of Defense to the FBI. 


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