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Sat Dec 20 2008 Selling out Independent Science: Kickbacks between Universities and Corporations
Did you know the UC gets a cut every time Monsanto sells a dose of bovine growth hormone? From the open publishing newswire: "That's how the corporate university works. It's because of the licensing of bovine growth hormone (rBGH) by the UC system (human growth hormone is also a UC patent). In the past (before Bayh-Dole in 1980), any company that wanted to use the results of academic research for their business could - but with Bayh-Dole came the exclusive licensing of patents to private industry, for which the UC gets a little cut, as do the professors who created the patent - at taxpayer expense.

"This allows corporations to outsource their R&D (research and design) divisions to the taxpayer.

"However, it has also created a perverse culture of academic fraud on campuses all over the place. They're no longer interested in doing any research that might threaten the interests of their corporate masters (hardly a partnership) - for example, you won't find UCSC professors investigating the dangers of Monsanto's rBGH, that's for sure - the administration would frown, as they like getting that kickback from Monsanto." Read More

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