Skepticblog. Science-Based Medicine. NeuroLogica Blog. Aug 07 2015 Industry Conflicts of Interest This is an old issue but seems to have been heating up in the last decade – concern over ties between academia and industry.
The concern is legitimate, but often overblown, and can easily be abused to justify an unfair witch hunt. A Nature article published yesterday discusses a recent round of accusations against scientists who support the technology of genetic modification. Before I discuss this article directly, let me give some background. Planet of the Apes. POSTED: Sunday, September 30, 2012, 12:34 PM Peter Andolfatto One of the more difficult aspects of evolution for some people to swallow is the notion that random copying errors in DNA can add up to anything useful.
In two recently published projects, however, scientists show how typos can indeed lead to improvements. In numerous species of insects, they document the DNA errors that led to changes that are not only beneficial but also brilliant. Various species of beetles, aphids, butterflies, and moths have independently acquired genetic errors that allow them to eat highly toxic plants and then use the toxins to defend themselves against predators. Why Evolution Is True.