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Georgia Robins Sadler and Alka Malhotra's article has been published by the Voice of San Diego!
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Alka Malhotra, AWIS writer
The J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) came into the spotlight in May 2010 with the publication of a manuscript in the journal Science. This paper was titled “Creation of a bacterial cell controlled by a chemically synthesized genome”. The media scrutiny was intense, as were public opinions. To address the concerns of the public, the San Diego based Center for Ethics in Science and Technology organized a public forum to discuss the ethical issues surrounding this research.
Peggy Pico, KPBS
At least 283 of those doctors practice in San Diego. Ten of those doctors earned between $42,000 and $149,000 dollars from drug companies over the past 18 months.
Three of those San Diego doctors who earned between $74,000 and $150,00 from big pharmaceutical companies during that time are a pediatrician, a psychiatrist and internal medicine specialist.
Mike Kalichman, director of The Center for Ethics in Science and Technology, said researchers are required to disclose their financial sources—perhaps doctors should be required to do so too.
“If you’re in a practice of prescribing to patients and you’re receiving money from the companies that you’re prescribing the drugs from then it seems you should be comfortable talking about that,” said Kalichman.
Tate Hurvitz, Ethics Center Fellow
Recently, gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown visited a San Diego biofuel company to make the point that he favored the continuation of California's Global Warming Solutions Act.
Reasonable arguments: Thoughtfulness trumps dogma at Center for Ethics in Science and Technology. Your job. Your mortgage. Your retirement. Your health insurance. Your molar-grinding, ulcer-fueling, up-all-night anxiety about Jon and Kate and their eight. If you already have enough to worry about, well, we have good news and bad news.